The Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” is finally going to start shipping on February 16, after many months since its initial introduction. However, that date is only valid for the GSM version of the crowdfunded device. The situation is completely different for the CDMA model.
The people behind Nextbit have explained today that the CDMA Robin will probably start shipping in April, although an exact date can’t be given yet. More information should become available as we get closer to that month.
The delay of the CDMA model compared to the GSM one has to do with the fact that development of the former only started after Nextbit saw people’s response on Kickstarter. The team now admits they “got a little carried away in the excitement of the campaign” when they estimated they would be able to deliver the CDMA Robin in February too.
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Nextbit Robin was designed not to be the pretty slippery phone like most of the flagships today are, but instead it takes a different approach for putting handling before looks. Indeed the Robin isn’t the typical smartphone we are used to see this year, but we have to admit it still looks pretty. The team assures all the controls have been thoughtfully placed for maximum user friendliness – but on the other hand – which phone maker doesn’t?
The Robin is built around a 5.2″ IPS 1080p display and runs on Snapdragon 808 chip with 3GB RAM. It has a 13MP rear camera with phase-detection AF and dual-tone flash, as well as a 5MP selfie snapper.
Robin’s connectivity package includes a USB Port-C port with quick charging support, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, LTE. There is also a fingerprint scanner, front stereo speakers and a 2,680 mAh.
Finally, there are four notification LEDs on the back of the Robin, which will notify you for everything that’s happening on your phone.
But the specs aren’t what makes the Nextbit Robin so interesting. It runs on the latest Android Marshmallow OS and comes with 32GB non-expandable storage. But you are not limited to those 32GB inside your phone – this is where the internet cloud comes in. The Nextbit take on Android introduces an entirely new way of handling phone storage.
The OS will backup everything in the cloud – multimedia, apps, and data. Once it detects you are no longer using an app or some photos – it will delete them from the phone, knowing they are up in the cloud. The deletion process won’t require to be online, but should it happen that you need that data back – you would definitely need an internet connection to retrieve it.
Anyway – the Robin will manage your phone storage in a way that you will never actually run out of space. Everything that matters to you will be kept offline, while everything else will be pushed from the cloud upon request.
Everything is backed up regularly when you are charging your phone and you have an active Wi-Fi connection. The Robin comes with 100GB available cloud space for everyone, but it promises not to charge for additional space. If users pass the 100GB cap, the cap will be raised instead of charging you for the extra gigs.
The first 1,000 backers will get it for $299, while its regular Kickstarter price is $349. The retail price of the device when it becomes publicly available will be $399.
So what do you think – should all your phone’s data be up in the server cloud or not?