No matter what smartphone you have, all of them work within some concrete limitations. Nextbit, the company formed by former members of Google’s Android team, thinks the cloud is the answer to many of these questions, and its first device, the Robin, promises to never run out of storage.
Nextbit’s Robin, a smartphone which promises to offer unlimited storage on your phone thanks to cloud connectivity, is up for pre-order on its Kickstarter page. The Robin can be pre-ordered for $399 (approx. Rs 26,000) and you can ship it to India at an additional $70 (approx. Rs 4,600) and the delivery process is set to begin next year, in February.
The Android device has 32GB internal storage like most smartphones today, but also offers 100GB additional space in the company’s cloud and automatically moves apps and photos that are not used frequently, to the cloud to free up space. Of course, you’ll need to be constantly connected to the internet for the phone to be able to backup and retrieve data on the cloud. This could be a major constraint in markets like India where consistent mobile internet connectivity is hard to find. If a user crosses the 100GB cap then the limit will be raised without any additional charges being levied.
The device looks pretty neat in a rectangular form factor. Some other specs include 5.2-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 2,680mAh battery. It also includes USB Type-C charging port and fingerprint scanner.
Nextbit Robin sports a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and a dual tone flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Android.
The phone is available in mint and midnight (black) colors.