Archos to release Kodak-branded tablets soon
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.