Earlier this summer we learned of yet another company hoping to jump into the crowded smartphone market, Nextbit. The founders of the Google Ventures backed company include individuals key to Android’s early success and development, Tom Moss and Mike Chan, along with former HTC honcho Scott Croyle. When initially revealed, Nextbit indicated their Android-based smartphone would be unique. We now have a better idea of being different means to Nextbit thanks to the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to take pre-orders for the Nextbit Robin.
One of the key features of the Robin will be cloud storage available through Nextbit’s Baton platform. Nextbit is including 100GB of cloud storage with the purchase of a Robin to augment the 32GB of onboard storage. According to a statement from Nextbit, integration with the cloud will be built into the Android operating system to make it easier for users:
“Robin has the cloud integrated right into Android OS, seamlessly expanding your storage online so you always have the space you need for what you want most. By tapping the unlimited potential of the cloud, Robin delivers far beyond its specs. Robin intelligently adapts to your storage needs, and automatically optimises the space on your phone when it sees you need it. By learning the apps you use and the space you need, Robin offloads the stuff you don’t use to the cloud”
Nextbit also plans to add other enhancements to Android, without forking it, that it describes as “supercharging” the operating system.
Through the Kickstarter campaign, those willing to take the risk of being an early adopter can get the smartphone for $299 if they are amongst the first 1,000 backers. A second tier is available offering the device for $349. When it eventually hits the retail market, if the Robin makes it that far, it will be priced at $399. According to the Kickstarter campaign, Nextbit thinks they can start delivering units in early 2016.
As far as hardware goes, the Robin will get a 5.2-inch full HD IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM. For cameras, Nextbit will include a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Other hardware includes a 2680 mAh battery, dual front facing speakers, a fingerprint sensor, NFC, and quick charge capabilities. The Robin will be available in either Midnight or Mint.
If you are interested in checking out more details, hit the source for the Kickstarter project and maybe even place a pre-order.