Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Kodak Ektra's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 Deca core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
21+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 21+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Kodak's performance ratings are 467 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The Kodak Ektra slips up in its most important discipline and adds a dim, low-contrast display, as well as weak battery life.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 

The Ektra tries to be a great camera and a high-end phone at once, but it's not great at being either.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

Reviews summary

6.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Grippy textured leather back
  • Good 13MP selfie shooter
  • microSD support
  • USB-C fast charging

What's bad  

  • Slow, dull camera
  • Display brightness
  • Price
  • Weak battery life
  • Feels cheap in the hand

The brand alone tells you the Kodak Ektra hopes to offer a stellar mobile photography experience. But when you mix a camera and a phone, it has to do both well to succeed. This is a magic mix few have found outside the flagship market.

Does this new release from Kodak stand up to the competition? Reviewers have been snapping pictures and tapping screens. Now they’re weighing in on what they think.

Let’s see what they’re saying…

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Reviewers loved the look of the phone. Its metal rim, textured leather back and large rear camera gives a clean, retro-inspired look. Unfortunately, when reviewers picked up the phone, opinions shifted.

Stuff said, “It feels too light in your hand, lacking the substance you’d expect from something supposedly built from metal.” Others found the bulbous grip on the end great for taking pictures but cumbersome when trying to use the phone as an actual phone.

Reviews didn’t fare better around front either. The 5-inch 1080p LCD offered great viewing angles and detailed images. But many reviewers noted the color was cool and the screen bezels made the phone larger than they’d like. Brightness reviews were a mixed bag with some mentioning trouble in sunlight and others having no issues.

Opinions pick up again on the performance front. A deca-core 2.3Ghz MediaTek processor and 3GB of RAM kept the phone moving along well enough for most reviewers. PC Magazine summed up experiences well, saying, “There were some instances when the phone felt a bit slow when switching between apps, but that appears to be due to the unresponsive capacitive buttons that don't seem to register touches very well.”

Unfortunately, the phone includes an older version of Android—6.0 Marshmallow—with no sign of updates on the horizon. However, reviewers noted that Kodak didn’t fill the phone with bloatware or change much about the Android interface. Out of the 32GB of internal storage, roughly 21GB is available for use.

This is plenty for most users. But if you’re planning on taking advantage of the camera’s RAW shooting mode, you’ll want to grab a microSD card. Reviewers found that RAW images came in at a whopping 43MB each.

You’d think with all that data, the camera would capture great images. But reviewers had issues with everything from bad white balancing to shutter lag. Notably, using the dedicated shutter button appears to take images slower than tapping the on-screen capture button.

While reviewers found they could make RAW shots look great in post-processing, the point-and-shoot experience left much to be desired. This was particularly true in low-light where light halos and muddy shots frustrated nearly everyone.

Battery life was equally disappointing. Most reviewers struggled to last a full day when using both phone and camera functions despite the 3,000mAh battery. At least the phone supports USB-C fast charging. This means you can top off quickly if you’re running low on power.

In the end, reviewers felt that the Ektra missed the mark as both a phone and a camera when compared to similarly priced competitors. Photography Blog summed up opinions well, saying, “[It] certainly looks fantastic in all those glossy online marketing shots, but in reality it doesn't quite live up to its promise, either as a camera or a smartphone.”


Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)


The Indian Express

Great design and concept, but the photos need to be better

from The Indian Express
This is at the moment a novelty phone. Whoever buy this a primary phone will have to live with the weird design when they are not using it as a camera and that will be hard to justify. For the camera lovers, maybe this is a second phone they would like to carry around on their travels. But won’t camera lovers prefer using a better point-and-shoot or even a GoPro, is what I have been thinking. The Kodak Ektra is a good idea that fails with its execution. I’m waiting for the Kodak Ektra 2... Full review
NDTV

Well-designed camera app, retro aesthetics

from NDTV
Bullitt has got the pricing right with the Ektra, as anything more than Rs. 20,000 would have made it too expensive to consider. In fact, we’re surprised that it has been this aggressive considering that this phone sells for much more overseas. The throwback to old-style film cameras in the design is a nice touch and gives the Ektra some nostalgic value. However, this is a smartphone at the end of the day, and all things considered, it doesn’t really stand out. The main highlight is its camera, which is good, but not great... Full review
PC Magazine

A unique smartphone that doubles as a solid point-and-shoot camera

from PC Magazine
The Kodak Ektra is a $400 Android phone that doubles as a point-and-shoot camera, sparing you the hassle of carrying around two devices. It takes solid pictures and offers a reasonable level of performance for the price. That said, it's not necessarily the best camera phone you can get... Full review
ePHOTOzine

Feels like using a "real" camera and a little slow

from ePHOTOzine
The Kodak Ektra Smartphone is one of the only current smartphones to offer the retro look and style of a compact camera. There's also a large two-stage shutter release button, adding the feel of using a real camera. The smartphone doesn't come across very well when compared to the latest generation smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (with its next generation screen), however it isn't priced as a premium smartphone, and it offers unique styling, and retro looks... Full review
Tom's Guide

Surprisingly a good camera phone for the price

from Tom's Guide
With a big bulky grip and an even bigger camera module, the Kodak Ektra may not be the sleekest or the most powerful phone, but it's still pretty charming... Full review
Photography Blog

Doesn't quite offer enough to persuade

from Photography Blog
The Kodak Ektra certainly looks fantastic in all those glossy online marketing shots, but in reality it doesn't quite live up to its promise, either as a camera or a smartphone. While we love the retro styling, the dedicated shutter button and handgrip, the haptic-touch shooting mode dial, RAW support and the close integration with Snapseed, sadly the overall image quality doesn't blow us away, and neither does the day-to-day experience of using it as our primary smart device, with the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system lagging behind the competition... Full review
Notebookcheck

Workable performance values, solid photo apps

from Notebookcheck

The Kodak Ektra occupies a niche: It is a smartphone for people who want to stand out with their device and appreciate the retro camera design. Accessories in the form of leather camera cases are a perfect fit for that. But can the smartphone do more than just look good? It offers decent performance values, some quite amusing software additions, a stable case, and rather good voice quality. Moreover, the front camera takes decent pictures. But the Kodak Ektra rarely excites. The problem is that the built-in main camera falls short in terms of features when compared to other, equally ex... Full review

Cnet

Bad camera, bad phone

from Cnet
The Kodak Ektra is a bad phone, no matter the price, and there's no question that your money is better spent elsewhere. At best, it's an embarrassingly poor product that can be swept under the carpet and forgotten about. At worst, it's a black spot in Kodak's record. Not good news for a company that's already fallen from being one of the world's top photography companies to a niche outsider... Full review
Stuff

It’s not just as good a camera as other flagship handsets

from Stuff

The Ektra should have been a nostalgic novelty phone for camera fans, but it just doesn’t deliver. It feels more like a fun toy than something you’d actually want to use every day as your main phone, and even then it’s got too many flaws to be fun for very long. Without beating the more generic competition, it’s just too niche. Mediocre specs, slow speed, average image quality and build quality that can’t match its design ambitions - it’s a real shame there’s little here to love. Maybe it’ll become just as collectible as the original Ektra in... Full review

Pocket-lint

Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

from Pocket-lint

As phone cameras continue to get better and better, we had high hopes for the Kodak Ektra. Its stance toward being a camera-phone help it to stand-out in a market of otherwise copycat devices that, to many, will be hard to recognise one from the next. Sadly, the Ektra stands out for all the wrong reasons: its specification (ignoring six-axis stabilisation) is middling, it's slow to operate and use as a camera, its images are over-saturated, low-light shots have banding issues, the app is poorly designed and, ultimately, there's little to nothing to save Kodak's attempted reintegration into... Full review


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date December 10, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 Deca core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.534 W/kg
Body: 1.51 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 590 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 467 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.8 x 7.3 x 1.0 cm
(5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 164 grams
(5.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2
Resolution 21+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, HDR, Phase detection, Exposure
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite, File Commander, AVG AntiVirus, Super 8, Google Keep)
Included Software / Apps No
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