San Francisco based Nextbit, the creators of “cloud first” Android phone, has announced the plans to enter India market with the launch of its smartphone “Nextbit Robin” in April 2016. The smartphone is already available in US market for approximately US $400. Founded by CEO Tom Moss and CTO Mike Chan — who worked at Google on the Android team, Nextbit Robin highlights their vision that smartphones should be simpler, leaner and smarter by harnessing the potential of cloud.
As announced earlier, San Francisco headquartered Nextbit Systems Inc has launched a new Android-powered smartphone called ‘Robin’ This is the company that launched the real-time syncing and sharing app ‘Baton.’ As of now the app is limited for CyanogenMod device. The best part of the app is its ‘Pass’ feature, with this you can save the game at the current state and continue from there itself on another device. It also has backup and restore options for apps and data.
The Nextbit was founded in 2013 by former Google employees Mike Chan and Tom Moss. It also raised $18 Million funding from Accel Partners and Google Ventures in Early 2014. In August 2014, the company hired the former HTC design chief, Scott Croyle as the VP of design and product hinting about hardware products.
The Robin will be the cloud-first smartphone with an internal storage of 32GB and the company also provides 100GB of cloud storage on their cloud server where your apps, photos and videos will be automatically stored.
Talking about the device specifications, it has 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display and under the hood is a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM. The single SIM device comes packed with a battery of 2,680mAh capacity and support Quick Charging.
The Robin will be second device only next to ZUK Z1 to pack Type-C USB 3.0 port. There is also a fingerprint sensor embedded into the power key on the right. The upcoming Sony Xperia Z5 series is also rumored to feature fingerprint sensor same as the Robin.
Coming to the camera, it has a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and a5MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The device comes with dual speakers and dual amplifiers for better sound output. It supports 4G LTE along with other basic connectivity features like NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and GPS.
The device will be coming as unlocked and includes nano SIM slot. It runs on Android Lollipop out of the box and comes with unlocked boat-loader, where you can root your device to install any kind of ROM that too with our loosing warranty. According to the company the device will have zero bloatware apps.
The device will costs between $300-$400 depending up on when you will purchase. It will be sold directly to the consumers, by cutting the middleman commissions. They might get some inspiration from the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus. The Robin is presently in Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $5,00,000. The first 1000 members who backed this campaign will get the device for just $299, and then after it costs $349. While after completing the campaign, the device will be sold at a retail price of $399. The early backers of this campaign will beget their device shipped out in January, 2016.