New Startup Nextbit has announced that it will start taking pre-orders for its cloud first Robin smartphone today. In case you aren’t aware, the Nextbit Robin is the world’s first ‘cloud-focused’ smartphone. The company does have a great vision, with a number of ex-executives from Apple, Google, and HTC.
If you pre-order the Nextbit Robin now, you will need to pay $399 and will have to wait until February 2016 for the smartphone to ship. The price is actually quite attractive when you consider the fact that it does offer quite an incredible hardware package for that price. Plus, you will enjoy the exclusivity of owning the world’s first cloud smartphone.
So does this really work? The smartphones comes with 32GB of onboard memory, but only your most important data is stored offline. Everything else is stored in the cloud by the smartphone and then retrieved from cloud whenever you request that data. If there are apps or photos on the device’s memory that you no longer access, they will automatically be deleted from the internal storage and moved to the cloud. The company offers 100GB of free cloud storage with the smartphone, although in reality you don’t really have to pay extra even if you end up utilizing more than 100GB on the cloud. So, in short, you won’t really run out storage space with the Nextbit Robin. While it may not be for everyone, a number of individuals do find the idea to be quite brilliant, which is why Nextbit’s Kickstarter campaign was a huge success, raking in way more ($1.3 billion) than their goal.
With a unique and interesting design, the Robin features a 5.2” sized IPS display that boasts of 1080p resolution. Powering the smartphone is Qualcomm’s hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset with the Adreno 418 GPU. At the back, the Robin features a 13MP primary camera with phase detection auto-focus technology and a dual-tone LED flash. For selfies and video calls, there is a 5MP camera on the front. Connectivity features of the device include a USB Type-C port with support for quick-charging, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and 4G LTE (Cat.4). Other key specs of the smartphone include a fingerprint scanner, twin front-facing stereo speakers, four notification LEDs on the back, and a 2,680mAh capacity battery.
The first batch of devices will be shipping by January next year, for the first 1000 backers who supported the company’s Kickstarter campaign. In February, the company will begin shipping pre-orders. Unsurprisingly then, Nextbit has revealed that the Robin will ship with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system out of the box. Another good news is the fact that the Robin comes with an unlocked bootloader by default, allowing you to flash custom ROMs on the smartphone without having to worry about voiding your warranty.
Only two color options are available – Mint, and Midnight. Along with the smartphone itself, you can also pre-order a range of accessories for the Robin. These include a choice of different cases, screen protector, quick charger, and a Vinyl Mascot.