NextBit Robin is a new Android smartphone that wants to solve the problem of running out of storage space

NextBit Robin is a new Android smartphone that wants to solve the problem of running out of storage space
Remember the "friggin' awesome" smartphone that NextBit promised to unveil on September 1? Well, today is the day when we can see the handset and find out more about it. Called NextBit Robin, the new device is presented as "the only cloud-first smartphone", as it offers 32 GB of internal memory, plus 100 GB of free online storage space.

The idea behind the NextBit Robin is that "the cloud is integrated right into Android OS." The phone offloads unused apps and content to the cloud, and restores them only when you need them again. Data backups are automatically made via Wi-Fi, but you can also set up backups via cellular networks.

As you'll see in the images below, the NextBit Robin has an atypical design, and is based on Android Lollipop. NextBit doesn't say if Cyanogen is involved in any way in this project, despite the fact that, last year, the two companies announced that they'd collaborate to develop a "really cool" mobile product.

Storage space aside, here are the features of the NextBit Robin:

  • 5.2-inch IPS display with 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint scanner (embedded into the power button on the right side)
  • Six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 13 MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, dual tone flash, and RAW support
  • 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 2680 mAh battery with quick charging capabilities
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC
  • Global GSM and WCDMA
  • Global LTE (bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28)
NextBit was founded in 2012 by ex-Google employees who worked on developing Android. Moreover, the company's head of design, Scott Croyle, worked at HTC and supervised the development of smartphones like the HTC Evo, HTC Incredible, HTC One M7, and
HTC One M8.

You can already order the NextBit Robin via Kickstarter (check out the source link below). Early backers can buy the smartphone for $299 (limited to 1,000 units), and should get the device in January 2016. The retail price of the handset will be $399. Right now, the NextBit Robin is offered in only two color versions: mint and midnight. Perhaps an all-black version would have been a good idea, too.

So, is anyone interested in being the Batman to this Robin?


source: NextBit Robin (Kickstarter) via Re/code

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26 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Aesthiscally this is the sexiest smartphone I've seen (ever) with such a mimalist design like this...heck I've never seen a finger print scanner like a dimple ever. Cooool!

3. TBomb

Posts: 1283; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

We will have to agree to disagree on the looks... just my opinion. But I believe the article said that the finger print scanner is in the power button on the right side, not the little dimple things at the top and bottom in the front.

9. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Holy! For 299 this thing is cooler than the one plus 2 by lots! But I almost had a heart attack when I saw the design

2. Kumar123 unregistered

Looks great.

19. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Stunning. I wish this was the next Nexus, it complements Material Design far more than the rumored LG and Huawei phones do...

4. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Looks like an unrealistic render more than a real smartphone to me. But still looks nice

25. eduardogallegos0445

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

I couldn't tell it better my friend. Looks exactly as you said =)

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Looks like bricks to me and the idea is stupid. Having 2 SD cards like Saygus V2, will be always more efficient that any wireless connection

15. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

*This*. 32GB internal plus 100GB online. Why not just give the phone 128GB of memory to solve the storage issue?

22. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Because it's expensive as hell

23. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

But it's cheaper than sucking up your wireless data. Even so, the convenience of having your apps and data available at an instant is well worth the premium. Think about it - we fork out big dollars for phones with top-notch hardware because we can't stand it when our OS lags. Why then would anyone in their right mind want to put that lag back into their phones by having to wait to download what they want. Oh, and by the way - the premium the manufacturers charge for larger RAM capacity is artificially inflated. The manufacturing costs for 32GB vs 128GB isn't that extreme. But that's another subject :)

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

This is the most unpractical phone design I have ever seen in my life. Yes, it looks good but it's gonna feel extremely bad in hand with it's sharp corners.

21. TerryTerius unregistered

If you look closely at picture 7, the corners are rounded to avoid having sharp edges.

7. drkarim

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

very good looking phone

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1451; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

this phone looks like a a sony experia z with a girly rubber case.

14. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Girly? Hmmmm.... More like Fisher Price, IMO.

10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Looks nice, but ancient specs when it ships,

11. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

After OnePlus One...I am not buying anything from startup company in near future! Not saying OnePlus One is bad...it's just OnePlus itself.

12. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

I like the cloud logo on the back!!

13. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Crap cloud storage is Crap when your in an area where you will not get edge speeds. Or an area without any signal at all.

16. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

This sounds fun and interesting!.. Gonna jump in and see what's the fuzz all about. Can't go wrong for 299

17. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Liking the blockiness until I got to the 2680mAh batt part... **am outta here

18. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I really like the minimal feel... although I'd rather see a 616 in it instead of an 808 as weird as that sounds.. next gen midrange as opposed to last gen...high? midrange? low flagship? what is the 808 anyway?

20. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

its already sold out!....

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

32GB + 100GB online? why not just 128GB + microSD slot?

26. Milkman

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Creds to NextBit for making a phone that looks different. You can like it or not, but you can't argue that this doesn't look like anything out there. I personally love it!

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