THE NEXTBIT ROBIN has arrived on Kickstarter as a "cloud-first Android device" that promises never to run out of storage.
As you might have guessed, the Nextbit Robin's standout feature is how it handles storage. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, but has 100GB of cloud storage in which to store your content - be it apps, videos, photos and so on - when you start to run out of onboard memory.
Nextbit's software, which runs on top of Android, is designed to learn your habits and automatically offload photos and apps that haven't been used in a long time to the cloud to free up storage as necessary. Offloaded apps - such as a game you rarely play - will appear greyed out but will be restored to the device if you tap on the icons.
"Robin intelligently adapts to your storage needs, and automatically optimises the space on your phone when it sees you need it," the product's Kickstarter page reads.
"By learning the apps you use and the space you need, Robin offloads the stuff you don’t use to the cloud. So you can have everything you want (in the cloud), and just what you need (on your phone)."
Intelligent cloud storage isn't all the Nextbit Robin, a smartphone crafted by ex-Google engineers, has got going for it.
The firm is promising to ship the device with Android 6.0 Marshmallow onboard, assuming it's available at the time of release, currently pegged for Q1 2016. Taking tips from the likes of Motorola and Wileyfox, Nextbit is also promising zero bloatware.
"Because we’re going direct to you, Robin has zero bloatware. You won’t find a single third-party app. Just the essentials. Because what’s on your phone should always be up to you, not up to us," the Kickstarter page reads.
The device also comes with an unlocked bootloader and open source drivers, and Nextbit promises that, even if you load CyanogenMod onto the smartphone and brick it, for example, it's still under warranty.
The quirky-looking smartphone also has a pretty impressive set of specifications. It has a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM and a 2,680mAh battery, alongside 5MP and 13MP cameras, a built-in fingerprint sensor, and a 5.2in Full HD display.
The Nextbit Robin is live on Kickstarter now, and the firm is looking to raise $500,000 in funding. You can get onboard from $299. µ
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