Nextbit robin smartphone takes you to the cloud
Nextbit, the startup led by Android veterans and a former HTC design chief, today announced Robin, a device that combines impressive specifications with a unique storage system that wants to take your smartphone experience to the cloud.
Robin is powered by a custom Android operating system that brings local and cloud-based storage together seamlessly. It learns which apps you use and how much space you need, then sends data that doesn’t need to be stored locally up to a 100GB locker in the cloud.
Robin also backs up your data when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, so you don’t have to worry about losing anything. And if you want a photo you haven’t accessed for a while, simply find it in your gallery and Robin will restore the original version in all its glory.
With 32GB of internal storage, Robin should have enough space for all the stuff you do want to keep locally. It also packs a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, and a 2,680mAh battery.
There’s also a 13-megapixel camera on its back, and a 5-megapixel camera and stereo speakers on its front. Robin is also one of the first Android-powered smartphones — after the OnePlus 2 — to offer USB-C and a fingerprint scanner.
Robin will be available through Kickstarter initially, and it hopes to raise $500,000 over the next 30 days. The first 1,000 backers will enjoy a $100 discount that reduces Robin’s price to $299, while all other backers will pay $349 — $50 less than its final retail price.
Robin will begin shipping during the first quarter of next year.