Kodak's IM5 Smartphone Caters To Photographers... And Your Grandparents

Branded as Kodak but built by Bullitt, the Kodak IM5 is an upcoming Android phone toting some unconventional feature choices. If the beefy camera sensor and numerous photography-related tools to match the Kodak name weren't enough, the IM5 also aims to be easier to use than other smartphones, be it another Android device or an iPhone.

“Too many memories stay stuck on mobile phones, often because the process for sharing them is too complicated for users,” says Eileen Murphy, VP of Brand Licensing at Kodak. “That's why we've partnered (with Bullitt) on the IM5, the first device in a range of mobile products that takes our heritage and experience in photographic technology and combines it with Bullitt's expertise in designing high-quality devices for a specific target consumer.”

 

 

This extra ease-of-use mainly comes out of a custom-built UI that runs atop of Android. Liliputing did a hands-on at CES; the UI consists of large, easy-to-read icons for key functions. There's a remote support facility that can let a friend manage your phone from afar, and a separate app store provides access to a “hand-picked” selection of apps (the regular Google Play Store is also available).

The camera app shows a menu after every shot, offering to save or delete, edit or share right then and there. You can also jump to the camera roll from the lock screen without first unlocking, and the last photo taken becomes your lock screen background. All of this works with the 13MP camera sensor with flash and autofocus, plus the 5MP front-facer.

Under the hood are an unspecified eight-core CPU at 1.7Ghz, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage with a micro SD slot for 32GB more. The 5” display pumps a 1920x1080-pixel resolution. The version of Android used is 4.4 KitKat, but an update to 5.0 Lollipop is promised.

What's not promised is a release of the Kodak IM5 stateside. The phone will come available for European buyers next quarter for around $249 USD, though. All in all, if the software is as robust as promised, this looks like a decent option for the more tech-savvy seniors out there, as well as those looking for ease-of-use and strong camera capabilities in a smartphone.