Razer buys Nextbit, "unique mobile design and experiences" coming in the future


Nextbit, the young company behind the interesting Robin smartphone, today revealed that it's joining Razer, famous for its gaming-oriented products (including PCs and accessories). Razer says that the acquisition was closed earlier this month, though financial details haven't been revealed.

As part of Razer, Nextbit will operate as an independent unit focusing "on unique mobile design and experiences." The acquisition makes sense because, per Nextbit, the folks at Razer are "rebels like us" and "share our need to push boundaries."

Those concerned about the future of the Nextbit Robin phone (pictured above) should know that this will still be supported. Warranties will be fulfilled for 6 more months from now, while software updates, including security patches, will be rolled out until February 2018. However, the handset is no longer being sold via official channels.


Razer and Nextbit did not say if they have specific plans for new smartphones. Nevertheless, while Razer may not be working on a smartphone of its own, the company certainly looks ready to invest in upcoming Nextbit handsets. We're genuinely looking forward to seeing what will come out of this.

sources: Press release, Nextbit

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11 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

This is very interesting.

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Considering Razer's innovations in the PC space, I'll very much like to see a Razer smartphone. Maybe a smartphone with RGB lighting who knows

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Nextbit Chroma :D

10. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

RGB lighting and crap like that is precisely the reason I'm furious at laptop makers. Have fun picking a model that is both powerful AND won't look completely ridiculous on the desk of any business place whatsoever. And what is it with black, red, and green with gaming laptops? What is this darn obsession with these three colors?! In short, you just suggested they go for the exact opposite of the approach I, as a Nextbit Robin appreciator, hope they'd decide on...

11. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I was kidding about the RGB lighting smartphone. That would be utterly ridiculous. ibend gets the joke

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While I am excited to see the prospect of a Razer smartphone, I am concerned it's going to be overpriced like a lot of Razer products.

4. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

I feel Razer's price is justified for their pc's. Them being able to stuff a gaming pc into a chassis almost the size of a mac is amazing even with amazing quality and build materials.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

their product isn't too overpriced compared to it's competitor (stellseries, madcatz, etc) and it's build quality also good enough.. (I'm not using any razor product because it's bad, but because I hate their rainbow RGB lighting :-/)

7. blackadamFTW

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

I'm actually excited to see what they can offer. If it's any bit as good as their venture into ultrabooks, we're in for something pretty great!

8. Ray.S

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

This news made my day! I generally like Razer prodcuts and overall brand positioning, and think the Robin was a great smartphone overall, very unique. I'm excited to see what they'll be working on under Razer. But yeah, I'm happy Nextbit didn't just close doors. By the way, I see the Robin is still being sold on Amazon, at ~$160, which is an incredible deal.

9. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

so let me guess razer will make smartphone with desktop grade gpu

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