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Razer is acquiring Nextbit, Robin smartphone sales ceased

by Todd Haselton | January 30, 2017January 30, 2017 3:09 pm PDT

Nextbit, makers of the affordable Nextbit Robin smartphone, just announced that it will be joining Razer. Razer is best known as the gaming company that builds popular gaming keyboards, mice and laptops.

This is pretty wild news and certainly not something I saw coming. I guess we know why Nextbit was so quiet at CES 2017 this year, where we thought it might reveal a successor to last year’s Nextbit Robin. Instead, it looks like the company is going to go quiet for a bit, though not offline entirely.

Nextbit said it will operate as a separate segment of Razer and will “be doing exactly what we’ve been doing all along, only bigger and better.” Color me excited. In the meantime, Nextbit has stopped selling the Robin, though it says it will continue to fulfill warranties for the next sixth months and will issue patches until February 2018.

Nextbit joins Razer

“I’m thrilled to announce that we’re joining the Razer family! They’re rebels like us, they speak from the heart, and they share our need to push boundaries,” Nextbit co-founder and CEO Tom Moss said on Monday. “More than anything we want to preserve the community we’ve built on our forums and our social streams, we’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished together. I want to thank all of you for your support. We would not be the company we are today without our backers, our supporters and our community — our band of Rebels.”


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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