Kodak IM5 Android Smartphone with 13MP Camera Launched [Available in Europe]

by Chetan Bhawani 11

Kodak IM5

As planned, Kodak has announced its first smartphone with Android OS, the Kodak IM5 with a 13-megapixel rear camera and everything else that a standard Android smartphone would have. Bullitt Group, a company that is known for ruggerized phones, has made this smartphone and it isn’t Kodak doing anything here, except for giving its brand name.

Update: 16th June 2015: The device that was announced back in CES 2015, is now available in Europe, first in Netherlands, for a price of €280 without contract, and free on contract with different carriers.

While the device doesn’t really have some great camera specs, Bullitt is clear and saying that the IM5 isn’t made for boasting numbers but for those who wanted a good camera experience to the users who don’t want to purchase high-end smartphones only for a decent camera.

As far as the specs are concerned, the Kodak IM5 comes with a 5-inch HD display, 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion to 32GB. The smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat and the interface does come with some enhancements such as quick shortcuts to calling, messaging and accessing contacts.

The device also has an image management software that helps the user edit the pictures and preview them in the device or share them on social media, and with the help of apps, print the pictures directly connecting to the printers in the network.

So, the pricing is set at $249 and the phone is set to be available worldwide, with the rollout starting in Europe from the end of quarter 1, 2015.

Earlier: Kodak Android Smartphones to launch this year, first showcase at CES 2015

Announcing its partnership with Bullitt Group, an English company, Kodak is all set to make its mark in the smartphone industry with focus on image capturing, editing and sharing options. It will just be the brand name “Kodak” used for a range of smartphones that are to be launched later this year, but the first device will be showcased at CES 2015.

What Kodak has in plans for the second half of 2015, includes a 4G handset, a tablet, and a connected camera. Kodak isn’t doing any of the development by itself, and Bullitt Group will handle all that. What is being shown in the picture is not official, and we really hope it isn’t something in the likes of that design.

The official press release doesn’t say much, about the specs or even about the plans, but it is clear that Kodak is planning to implement what they are good at – photography features. “Kodak is one of the world’s most recognisable brands. It is trusted by consumers as a marque of quality and innovation,” says Oliver Schulte, CEO Bullitt Mobile. “We’ve taken that heritage and used it to inspire a range of beautifully designed devices that will let users take great pictures and edit, share, store and print them in an instant.”

Kodak Smartphone

Keeping the photography editing in mind, Kodak Mobile Devices range is not coming with any compromise in the design and user experience. “We are impressed with Bullitt Group’s commitment to delivering a portfolio of products that embrace the quality and innovation that our brand is known for around the world.”, says Eileen Murphy, VP Brand Licensing, Kodak.

We’re at the CES 2015 floor, and would be getting some time to play around with the Kodak’s first Android device with Bullitt Group. Stay tuned!

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Kodak has been a big part of my life since I was a lot younger. Its very nice to hear that Kodak is developing a phone because they have always been reliable for my family with photos and turning our old camera film into quality pictures that we still re visit today. Im excited to see their motive with this and I hope this doesn’t take the path of the Amazon and their attempt at a smartphone. Really optimistic nonetheless.

    “What is being shown in the picture is not official, and we really hope it isn’t something in the likes of that design.”

    Haha this is definitely the understatement of the year I was feeling the exact same way. That concept doesn’t fit what smartphones are doing now and is not attractive in any way. Its overly thick with a small display and giant bottom bezel for its blown up speaker. The display looks very bland and there seems to be a hole in the phone!

    Definitely don’t want this to be displayed at CES looking like the picture-glad it won’t be!

  • vivek ganeriwal

    I think they are giving it look like camera with big flash

  • Jugal Mudoi

    This is something that was totally unexpected to me. No doubt there’s may not be a single person around the world who didn’t experienced with the name Kodak..it still alive in our old photographs. But in the mid we’ve seen their downfall because of keeping hemselves away from digital photography, despite being the most experienced and old brand in their segment. Gradually they are scrutinizing themselves and now surprisingly they are showing their occurs in the mobile phone and tablet world… Thankfully the above picture isn’t the official one otherwise that would be poor idea to make their entry hit as I seen from the pic that is like a inferior and a thick old box. I’m fully agreed to you about the design. I hope they come with a pure design integrating a great camera with some nice capturing capabilities… and that should be welcomed by us warmly.

    • yeah it is very necessary to make a designed form factor on par with the devices we see today. I have no idea what the design in the pic is and if it was an actual concept. I hope it wasn’t because that resembles more of a toy

  • Shanky Yadav

    This is impressive to watch a trusted brand in a smartphone race but yah they are professional more in photography and are providing day by day good experience to their customers. So, I think they are doing all this to provide the best photo editing ever in their smartphone with tones of new features to be added , the image shown above is not official and I think it must not to be, well people will love if it fulfills the other factors too like design, look, feel, etc with all this it will be a great start for them with new innovative idea.

  • vivek ganeriwal

    A good camera phone only that what we can expect now from kodak

  • Im looking at the two pics and I’m definitely relieved and impressed with the design. Its nice to see seriousness to their smartphone which will be strengthened by the success they have had in photography!Kodak has officially stamped its name on the smartphone industry(They have their branding on the phone) and it is a nice quality phone with a fair price and a decent camera. I hope people get interested!

  • Shanky Yadav

    The design looks impressive and hold on this is the new start of Kodak in this Lane with the excellent starting, and also this one is meant for pics editing.

  • Karthik Gopinath G

    When did Kodak start making phones?? This might be the revival for the company to come back

  • Jugal Mudoi

    So they has introduced a camera centric phone with the average specs. But I feel better now with the design as it’s looking a lot good than that was seen on the previous picture. Hope this would be the best camera phone in its price range.

  • Kaushik Medhi

    WoW !