The “smarter smartphone,” the Nextbit Robin, is now available for purchase. Touted as the only cloud-first smartphone, the Robin combines internal storage with cloud storage for even more space, and it can be yours for US$399 (about RM1,685).
As the Nextbit Robin aims to take advantage of cloud storage, it naturally does not feature a microSD card slot. That being said, it does have 32GB of built-in storage, which is complemented with 100GB of cloud storage, and it’s not your average cloud storage.
Unlike more conventional forms of cloud storage, the Robin will “intelligently adapt to your storage needs, and automatically optimise the space on your phone when it sees you need it.” Essentially, users will not have to do anything in order for the Robin to start backing up data; it will be automatically done for the user. This is a “new kind of smart,” Nextbit said.
In terms of hardware, the Robin is a well-equipped flagship smartphone. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 4, a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, a 5MP front-facing shooter, LTE connectivity, dual-front facing speakers, as well as a modest 2,680mAh battery.
Rounding out the specifications of the Robin are a fingerprint sensor integrated into the side power button (similar to the Sony Xperia Z5 series), a USB Type-C port, and support for quick charging. Curiously enough, a quick charger is not included with the Robin; in fact, the device doesn’t even ship with any charger, although one is sold for US$15 (about RM65) on Nextbit’s online store.
The Nextbit Robin can now be purchased on the company’s online store for US$399, which comes up to about RM1,685. In order to get it shipped to Malaysia, an additional fee of US$35 (approximately RM145) is required, so take note. If you’re keen to grab the Nextbit Robin, you can place your order here.