Kodak's first Android smartphone with mid-range specs might not be worth the price

(Kodak Twitter account)

The world's first Kodak smartphone has finally gone on sale, but not in the UK, where it was initially expected to be released, and instead is available in the Netherlands.

Kodak had first announced the IM5 smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas in January this year. At that time, a UK launch was expected in March or April, but there was no news about the Kodak smartphone after that and the device never came up for sale. Five months after its announcement, Kodak has finally made the IM5 smartphone available for purchase, but not in the UK. The smartphone has instead gone on sale in the Netherlands, where it can now be purchased off contract, or for free with contracts on various carriers.

The Kodak IM5 is manufactured by the Bullitt Group based in the U.K. that also makes rugged CAT smartphones. The Kodak smartphone features a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, paired with 1 GB of RAM. The IM5 sports a 13 MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, along with "unique image management software" for easy sharing and printing.

The world's first Kodak smartphone offers 8 GB of expandable internal memory (up to 32 GB) and packs a 2100 mAh battery. The IM5 runs a heavily customized Android KitKat build, featuring large icons for easy use, but should receive the latest Lollipop update at some point down the line. The Kodak IM5 comes with a simplified Kodak UI slapped on top, as the device is targeted at users who want a "smartphone that is easier to use than what they are currently using."

The Kodak IM5 retails for €280 ($315) outright free of contract, with a variety of contract options offered by the country's three carriers, though the handset's mid-range specs hardly justify its price tag.

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