Nextbit has been making waves over the last few months due to its Kickstarter project for a cloud based smartphone. When the company, which includes individuals from both HTC and Google, successfully completed their campaigns for both a GSM version, they then pushed a campaign for a CDMA version of the Robin. Well, now both of those projects have been successfully funded and Nextbit is ready to move into the next step with the Robin.
Obviously, Nextbit is hoping that the Robin flies away and brings in a slew of new customers and brings a wave over consumers. The Robin raised over $1.3 million from over 3,500 backers during their Kickstarter campaign, and is expected to be released in February of 2016.
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The goal of the Robin is to help those storage sticklers, break free from the chains, making it the first Android device that is “powered by the cloud”. Now just because Nextbit is focusing on Cloud Storage for the Robin, that doesn’t mean that there will only be 8GB of onboard storage. The Robin will have 32GB of onboard storage, but will also include 100GB of Cloud Storage. The folks at Nextbit have also stated that there won’t be a cost if you exceed your initial allotment of Cloud Storage.
One thing to keep in mind with considering the Robin; network data limits. Only T-Mobile has a truly unlimited data plan and that’s only for single-line customers. With Cloud Storage, you will be forced to use either Wi-Fi or your network for accessing your files, so be conscious about your data caps before jumping all in on the Nextbit Robin.
Here’s the full specsheet for Nextbit’s first device:
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- Processor: Snapdragon 808
- Memory: 3GB RAM / 32 GB onboard / 100 GB online
- Screen: 5.2” IPS LCD 1080p, Gorilla Glass 4
- Rear Camera: 13MP with phase detection autofocus, dual tone flash
- Front camera: 5MP Battery: 2680 mAh
- Dual front facing stereo speakers
- Fingerprint sensor
- Quick charging
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE WiFi A/B/G/N/AC
- Dimensions: 149mm x 72mm x 7mm
- Weight: Approx. 150g GPS enabled
Additionally, the GSM version of the Nextbit Robin will feature all the necessary bands for both T-Mobile and AT&T. The CDMA version, will feature all of the bands that can be found in the GSM version, as well as the bands necessary for you to use the Robin on Verizon OR Sprint. That’s a pretty unprecedented feature for a smart phone, even in today’s world. Usually when there’s a CDMA version of a device, there are two separate versions of the device; one for Sprint and one for Verizon. This is not the case with the Robin, which makes everything a bit more exciting just from that aspect.
The Nextbit Robin has officially been made available for pre-order along with a few accessories. When you head over to the pre-order page, you can grab a case, a screen protector, and even a collectible figure. What makes this collectible figure so awesome is that is designed by the renowned designer Andrew Bell, who works over at Dead Zebra and designs many popular Android figures.
You can pick up the Nextbit Robin, in either GSM or CDMA capabilities, and in either a Mint color, or a Midnight option. Both versions will run you $399, and Nextbit has listed the shipping fees that you will be required to pay if you choose to pick up a Nextbit for yourself.
Drop us a line and let us know what you think about the approach that Nextbit is taking in regards to Cloud Storage, and whether you are considering this device as one of your next ones.