Nextbit Robin, with a sensible storage management, is going to be the only cloud-first smartphone. For those who haven’t heard about Nextbit, it is a new mobile startup by ex-employees of Apple, Google, and HTC. The Nextbit Robin had a kickstart, when it bagged $1,362,344 in crowd funding last month.
Design and Hardware
The Nextbit Robin will be available in two completely new colors, mint and midnight (dark blue). The device sports a 5.2” full HD display built in an attention-grabbing looking plastic body. The Nextbit Robin is powered by a Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor along with 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of internal storage.
The smartphone holds a 13 MP rear snapper with dual tone flash and a 5 MP Selfie snapper. Moreover, a fingerprint scanner is also included and the whole device is backed by a 2680 mAh battery which supports quick charging.
Reducing internal storage and promoting the use of cloud storage is a method tested and failed by many leading tech giants including Google. So, what’s new? Let’s not get judgmental too soon.
The Nextbit Robin offers its users 100GB of free cloud storage. The device will automatically move unused data to cloud storage, thereby saving a lot of memory. For example, if you haven’t used an app in a few months, the app’s data will be seamlessly moved to the cloud to clear up your local storage, and you can pick up right where you left off.
This nullifies the use of certain backup apps like Helium. The Nextbit Robin will also back up full-resolution photos to the cloud and keep only appropriate sized photos in the internal memory. Moreover, the single SIM smartphone will run Android 6.0 with an unlocked bootloader (i.e) the user could flash their own favored custom Android ROMs on the handset.
Without any doubt, cloud storage is the most exciting feature of the Nextbit Robin. But, will the feature be used in its full potential? We’ll have to wait till Feb 2016. Pre-order facility is now open for a few regions and the device priced at $399.