Nextbit, a smartphone start-up which has former Google and HTC staff among its management, offered a version of its Robin smartphone compatible with US operator Verizon, having smashed through a Kickstarter funding target.
The company launched its Kickstarter effort on 1 September 2015, hitting its $500,000 target “in less than a day”. By 16 September it had doubled this to reach $1 million.
Last week, Nextbit offered a Verizon-compatible Robin for $299 for the first 300 backers – all of which sold. It also had the full 1,000 takers for its $299 “early adopter special” global device, plus (at time of writing) more than 1,600 backers at price points of $349 or above.
According to the Kickstarter page, Robin “has the cloud integrated right into Android OS”, with devices bundled with online storage. It automatically optimises storage by learning the apps used and space needed, offloading other data to the cloud.
The device features a set of lights on the back to give an indication that it is connected to the cloud, and an LED mounted on the bottom to give alerts of notifications even when a device is face-down.
Nextbit has also promised to keep up to date with the latest Android releases, shipping Robin with Android Marshmallow “unless that drops after Robin ships…then we’ll do an OTA update as soon as possible”.
Robin is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage – coupled with 100 GB of cloud capacity. It has a 5.2-inch full HD screen, 13MP main and 5MP front cameras, fingerprint scanner and LTE.
The device is being manufactured by Foxconn.