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Nextbit, a mobile tech company that boasts of veterans from Google, Apple and HTC on its team, has launched its much-anticipated reasonably first Android smartphone, “Robin”. The mobile device offers flagship stature specifications and is being sold through a Kickstarter campaign.
In August, Nextbit mobile announced that it plans to launch a “fri**in awesome” smartphone, and the company has kept that promise with the launch of Robin, which is aimed at addressing one of the most annoying issues we have on our smartphones “limited storage”. Nextbit tackles that problem by leveraging a cloud-based storage solution.
Robin is offering a smart, automated uploading of your photos and other data to make room on the smartphones local storage space. Nextbit is also offering a private 100GB storage box to all Robin users. This technology works, by plugging your device to a charger, and also connected to a Wi-Fi network – the device begins to move your data to the cloud.
For the hardware specifications, the Robin boasts of a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display which is embedded in a funky plastic body (available in two colour variants: Mint, and Midnight). The Nextbit Robin comes powered by Qualcomm’s hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage (with no microSD card slot). The smart device also comes with a fingerprint sensor.
Other features includes a 2680mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a USB Type-C charging port. The single-SIM capable device supports LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi and other connectivity options. On the software side, the device runs Android (the version isn’t specified). The company noted that the Robin is completely carrier unlocked. The bootloader of the device is unlocked too, which essentially means that one could flash their own favoured custom Android ROMs on the handset.
The Nextbit Robin is available for purchase through Kickstarter with a $500,000 funding goal. The first 1,000 backers can snag the smartphone for $299 (roughly Rs. 19,800). The device will begin shipping across all cities by January 2016.