It doesn’t matter which smartphone you have, they all have certain limitations, whether it’s an issue of battery life, or the size of your screen, or the amount of data your internal storage can hold. Nextbit, the company formed by former members of Google’s Android team thinks the cloud is the answer to many of these problems, and it’s first device “Robin” promises to never run out of storage.
The project hit the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform on September 1, setting a funding goal of $500,000, but just a week later the Robin smartphone not only met it’s goal, is surpassed and raised $874,000 with 23 days left to go. The early bird package that started at $299 is all gone, but backers can still go for the other perks that start at $349. More than 2000 people have backed this product so far and it seems like that number will increase by the end of the campaign.
The phone storage capability on this phone is what singles this out from the rest. The smartphone itself comes with 32GB of internal storage capacity, but it boasts the power of cloud storage. More specifically it comes with 100GB of cloud storage and promises to automatically offload the user’s photos, videos or apps to the cloud in order to free up the internal storage space. Once the user hit the 32GB limit, the phone automatically starts the back up.
Talking about design and hardware, the Robin is unique as well. Scott Croyle, Nextbit’s Chief Product and Design Officer says “It’s a unique hybrid approach to smartphones.” Its all plastic chassis houses a 5.2 inch, 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 2,680mAh battery, and 13 mp camera. It also has a USB type-C charging port and fingerprint scanner embedded into the side-mounted power button. Pretty cool, huh?
The first batch of the Robin smartphone is expected to start shipping to backers in February 2016. When it will hit the market is still unknown, but it will have a price tag of $399 when it does. It might make phone storage limitations history.