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The cloud-centric Nextbit Robin is now available for purchase

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The cloud-centric Nextbit Robin is now available for purchase

The cloud-centric Nextbit Robin is now available for purchase from the manufacturer's website.

The Nextbit Robin, which costs $399, adopts a futuristic approach on smartphone storage. In essence, the device will juggle your apps and data between the 32GB of onboard storage and the 100GB of cloud storage. 

By analyzing which data users access more frequently, Nextbit's customized Android version keeps important media and apps on the internal storage while offloading the excess to the cloud.

On the hardware side, the handset comes with decent specs for 2016, including here a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 display, a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, and 3GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the Robin is equipped with a 13MP primary camera, and a 5MP secondary sensor, while the lights are kept on by a 2680mAh battery.

Other specs which are most welcomed at this price range include front-facing stereo speakers, a fingerprint scanner mounted on the side, NFC, USB Type-C, and global LTE bands.

The Nextbit Robin has now successfully completed all the stages of a crowdfunded campaign. The Kickstarter campaign launched on September 1st 2015, and a month later, when the campaign ended, the project had surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter, raising north of $1,3M from 3,611 backers.

In what's truly a professional manner of executing a Kickstarter campaign, NextBit was able to make the leap from funding to market availability in less than five months.

The Nexbit Robin is currently available in a GSM variant that's compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, but a CDMA version for Verizon subscribers is planned as well.

source: Nextbit

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posted on 18 Feb 2016, 13:47 2

1. Unordinary (unregistered)

I actually think this is one sexy attractive phone. Too many phones look way too similar now adays. This minority design language is attractive.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 19:35 1

7. geoffphuket (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)

Is it really that different? I see the same oblong box with all buttons in the usual places.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 14:00

2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Very fast response to Kickstarter. Maybe Ouya sohuld have taken notes.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 14:29

3. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

The mobile carriers will love this phone as it means tons of data usage, I fully expect those who buy this or get gifted this without knowing what it's all about will have heart attacks when they get their 1st cellphone bill after using this phone for a month.

This move towards cloud really doesn't consider that most countries 1. Have slow internet and 2. Data is still expensive in most. Ah well.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 14:32 1

4. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 655; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

I believe the data transfer occurs mostly over WiFi. Obviously those with slow internet speeds won't be purchasing a cloud centric type of device. It appeals to A lot of people, just not everyone. They raised the money needed, must be ENOUGH interest in the device to make it happen.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 15:22

5. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 354; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)

The most sexy phone :)

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 19:28

6. geoffphuket (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)

And no doubt the 2680mAh battery will last 'till lunch time!

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 03:11

8. nevin (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)

lol, the whole concept of the phone is sync with the cloud and see the battery capacity! That phone will be out of juice in 8 hours!

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 20:22

9. geoffphuket (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)

No way! My money would be on half that with continual use.

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