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Archos to release Kodak-branded tablets soon

Archos 133 Oxygen Android tablet, Archos to make Kodak tablets soon
Archos 133 Oxygen
This French maker of affordable Android devices has been selected by Kodak as a brand licensee for the European market and the first Archos-made Kodak tablets are expected to become available by the end of May 2017.

Kodak is an icon when talking about cameras and film rolls, but now this brand is slowly entering the smartphone and tablet markets. Its Ektra and IM5 smartphones failed to impress, but the start is not bad. Kodak also has an app on the market known as Moments that allows its users to edit, share, and print photos directly from a phone. Now, the first Kodak-branded tablets are in the cards as well.

According to a press release launched a few days ago, "Eastman Kodak Company today announced it has selected ARCHOS, a pioneer in consumer electronics and a strong pan-European company, as a brand licensee in the European tablet market." Archos is not Kodak's first brand licensee and "was the first to introduce a GOOGLE ANDROID tablet in 2009 and is recognized as a key player in the European tablet market with broad retail presence."

For now, the only technical details of the upcoming slates are an 8 MP back camera and 3G connectivity. Lack of 4G LTE suggests that Kodak will target the low-end sector of the market first. However, these slates are expected to come preloaded with apps for photo and video enthusiasts, most likely Kodak Moments and a few others. 

Commercial availability of the first Kodak tablets is expected "before summer 2017." We will get back to them as soon as more information surfaces, so stay tuned.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-02-19 (Update: 2017-02-19)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.