Archos to make Kodak-branded Android tablets
It appears that the Kodak brand name is about to appear on more mediocre consumer electronics products. Ever since the company went bankrupt, what is left of the legendary imaging powerhouse is making at least some money by licensing the iconic brand name to anyone who wants it. A little while back, the Bullit Group launched the Kodak-branded camera-centric Ektra smartphone, and the Kodak website lists a whole bunch of other consumer electronics items that are manufactured by various companies under license.
“We are very proud to become one of Kodak’s licensees to jointly develop their brand into the tablet world. We truly look forward to putting these devices into people’s hands”, said ARCHOS CEO, Loïc Poirier.
Now Kodak and French electronics maker Archos have announced that the latter will launch a line of Kodak-branded tablets bound for the European market. Archos is best known for its budget and entry-level devices, so we should not get our hopes up of seeing Kodak-branded high-end tablets, but according to the joint statement the tablets will combine “chic design” and the “latest technologies” with pre-loaded photo and video apps for creative users. There will also be 8MP rear cameras and 3G connectivity for easy sharing on the go.
The new tablets will be available in summer 2017 and, although no pricing information has been released, we’d expect them at the budget end of the market.