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The photo-themed Kodak Ektra is coming to the US and Canada in April

The Kodak Ektra smartphone, which launched in Europe in December with its 21MP rear camera, is coming to the US and Canada in April.

Published onJanuary 6, 2017

After launching in Europe back in December, the unique looking Kodak Ektra smartphone, with its emphasis on its camera hardware and software, is coming across the Atlantic. During CES 2017, the company announced the phone will be sold in the US and Canada sometime in April for the price of $549.

In a press release earlier this week, Kodak said that it has been “overwhelmed with the success” of the Ektra phone’s launch in Europe, which is why it decided to bring the phone to North America. The handset, which will have Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed out of the box, features a 21MP fast focus rear camera with f2.0 aperture, dual flash, and support for Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It also has a 13MP front-facing camera with PDAF and f2.2 aperture.

Kodak is also hyping up the custom camera app that comes with the Ektra. It supports haptic touch effects on its SLR-style Scene Selection Dial. It allows users to select a wide range of different camera modes, including HDR, Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night-time, Panorama and Bokeh. There’s also a Smart Auto mode which can make a mode selection automatically. For hardcore photographers, the phone’s Manual mode will allow users to adjust the exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed. There’s even a Super 8 video recorder filter for those of you who want to go retro.

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The other hardware specs inside the Kodak Ektra include a deca-core Helio X20 processor with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, along with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for adding more storage, a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging and a USB Type-C port. The phone will work on GSM networks such as T-Mobile and AT&T.