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Nextbit's cloud-friendly Robin is now up for preorder at US$399

Derek Walter | Oct. 23, 2015
You'll need to be patient if you buy one, as the phones won't ship until February 2016.

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Credit: Nextbit

If you missed out on the Nextbit Robin’s Kickstarter campaign, now’s your chance to preorder a piece of the future.

That’s how Nextbit sees its Robin smartphone, anyway. That’s because along with the rather standard 32GB of internal storage you’re granted 100GB of cloud space. Once your phone starts to fill up, it automatically offloads seldom-used apps and data to your cloud account. Yes, it technically deletes that stuff from your phone, but like Google Drive or other cloud storage it’s safely tucked away inside your personal slice of the cloud. The data is ready and willing for recall back to your phone when needed.

Nextbit has opened up preorders for $399, which is a $100 jump from what Kickstarter backers were able to score the Robin for. Should you decide to preorder the Robin you’ll need to be patient, as the phones won’t ship until February 2016.

On the spec front, the Robin has a Snapdragon 808 processor, 5.2-inch 1080p display, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, and NFC. The phone’s bands support all four major U.S. carriers.

The story behind the story: Nextbit certainly has the hardware chops at the top of its team, with veterans from HTC and Google leading the flock. However, for $379 you can get a Nexus 5X, with updates and support directly from Google. And for $100 more than the Robin you can buy a Nexus 6P. Though be careful, it may fill you with evangelistic zeal.


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