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Kodak Ektra review

6.8/10 AVG.

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The Kodak Ektra currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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…

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.”

Operating system
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
21+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

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&rsquo...

- Nandagopal Rajan, The Indian Express

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 de...

- Roydon Cerejo, NDTV
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.

- Jim Fisher, PC Magazine

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...

- Joshua Waller , ePHOTOzine
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.

- Sam Rutherford, Tom's Guide

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Common Questions

Kodak released the Ektra on December 10, 2016.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Kodak Ektra user manual here.

Kodak backs up the Ektra with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.

If your Ektra has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Kodak support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Kodak's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

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

2.3 GHz

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


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

21+ MP

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

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

32 GB

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


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

Kodak Ektra Specs

Release date December 10, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
2100/800/1800/2600 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 Deca core 2.3 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.534 W/kg
Body: 1.51 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 590 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 467 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) 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 cm (5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 164 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
ƒ/ 2
21+ megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, HDR, Phase detection, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
13+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
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 -
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