Nextbit last year started shipping its cloud-based smartphone Robin, with an option to ship to India, and now the company now will finally be launching the handset in India by the end of this month. The US-based company however has not yet mentioned the exact launch date for the device in India.
The phone was launched in US last year for roughly around $400(Rs 26,600) with a additional $70(Rs 4,600) for shipping. However the company hasn’t revealed the exact price for the device in the country it is expected to be roughly around Rs 30,000.
NextBit is a US based startup boasts of having veterans from major giants like Apple, Google, HTC on its team focused on creating a smartphone that would automatically backup photos and other data you don’t use on the cloud which would address the major problem in today’s generation smartphone i.e. storage. The OS will backup everything in the cloud – multimedia, apps, and data. Once it detects you are no longer using an app or some photos it will delete them from the phone, knowing they are up in the cloud. The deletion process won’t require to be online, but should it happen that you need that data back you would definitely need an internet connection to retrieve it. The Robin will manage your phone storage in a way that you will never actually run out of space. Everything that matters to you will be kept offline, while everything else will be pushed from the cloud upon request.
It boasts a 5.2″ IPS 1080p display and runs with a snapdragon 808 hexacore chipset coupled with 3GB of ram. It has a 13MP rear camera with phase-detection AF and dual-tone flash, as well as a 5MP selfie snapper. It includes a USB Type C port with qualcomm quick charge support, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, LTE. The power button doubles up as a fingerprint scanner, front stereo speakers and a 2,680 mAh battery and 32GB of internal storage and 100GB cloud storage. However the company has promised that it won’t charge extra if the user exceeds the 100GB cap.
The device comes in 2 colors namely mint and midnight. Finally there are 4 notification led of the back of the device which informs user of everything happening in the phone.
Anyway the rather out of the box looking phone actually looks pretty. But the main reason while this phone can be a success is due to its ability to automatically back up stuff to cloud. Its a cloud based phone aimed to solve our storage problems. Its first of its kind.
So what are your views? Should all your data should be backed up in a cloud or be kept secure in your device?