Nextbit Robin, the cloud-first smartphone available for pre-order

By Shrey Pacheco | Published 23 Oct 2015 11:35 IST
HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Nextbit Robin backs all of the user’s content and apps to the cloud and removes the ones that haven’t been used or accessed in a while from the phone’s storage

Nextbit Robin, the cloud-first smartphone available for pre-order
Nextbit Robin, the cloud-first smartphone available for pre-order

The Nextbit Robin, is now up for pre-order and can be shipped to India for an additional fee. The Robin’s highlight is the fact that it is the world's only cloud-first smartphone. The phone comes with 32GB of storage along with 100GB of cloud storage. Whenever the user is connected to Wi-Fi and power, it backs up everything on the phone to a cloud server. Over a period of time, it will detect apps that the user doesn’t use much as well as photographs and songs that the user hasn’t accessed in a while. It will then remove them from the phone’s memory and substitute them for greyed out icons. if the user needs the app or content back, then they can restore it. The phone is priced at $399 and shipping it to India will cost $70. So, for a total of $469, which is about Rs. 30,400 by direct conversion, the Nexbit Robin and can be pre-ordered from its Kickstarter page.

Nextbit Robin comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. At the back of the device is a 13MP camera with phase detection auto-focus and dual-tone flash, while at the front is a 5MP camera. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with 3GB of RAM. The device also comes with a 2,690mAh battery with Quick Charge support. The Robin also has a USB Type-C port, dual front facing speakers, and a fingerprint sensor. The phone will be available in Mint and Midnight colour variants.  

Nextbit was started by former employees of Apple, Google, HTC and Amazon. The startup had put the smartphone up on Kickstarter for financial support. The company had set a goal of $500,000, which is about Rs. 3.26 crores which it raised in about 12 hours. It ended up getting 3,611 backers and raised $1,362,343, which is approximately Rs. 8.9 crores. The Nextbit Robin is definitely an interesting phone and those who purchase the phone will most probably never have to worry about storage issues ever again. Not to mention the fact that it looks unlike any other phone in the market right now. The only problem Indian users can face is that because of poor network connectivity, it may be difficult to download content from the cloud all the time.

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