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Nextbit reveals Robin, a beautiful cloud-based Android phone

by Jacob Kleinman | September 1, 2015September 1, 2015 11:00 am PDT

Nextbit’s “friggin’ awesome” smartphone is finally official, and it may just live up to the hype. The Robin hit Kickstarter on Tuesday, revealing an Android handset with a sleek design and the promise of endless storage thanks to some clever cloud-based software.

The Robin comes with 32GB of local storage, but it also includes 100GB of free space in the cloud. If the device notices that you haven’t opened an app or looked at an old photo in a while it gets sent to the cloud automatically to free up some space on the device. Then you can re-download it with a quick tap as long as you have a signal.

The new phone also sports a pretty nice design in Mint or Midnight color options. It’s all clean lines and sharp edges, with a pair of front-facing speakers. There’s row of four small lights in back that let you know when you’re connected to the cloud. A small LED on the bottom will also flash when an “important” notification comes in.

The Robin sports some impressive hardware as well, though it can’t compete spec-for-spec with the latest flagship Android phones. Nextbit’s included a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 808 chip, a 2680mAh quick charging battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, NFC, USB-C and 3GB of RAM. There’s also a fingerprint reader built into the power button on the side of the device.

You can pre-order the Robin on Kickstarter for as little as $299 (plus shipping) and receive it in January while the early bird special lasts. After that the phone costs $349 (plus shipping) and ships in February, or you can grab two for $698 combined.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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