We’re Nextbit. We made a smartphone that brings the power of the cloud to everyone with an integrated cloud OS. We made it because we’re tired of waiting on others. Because we believe in a cloud-first future. And because no one else was making the phone we wanted. This is the phone we want, and we think you’ll want it too. Smarter. Powerful. Bold. And, direct to you. Now we need your help. Back us to help make next a reality now.
It’s a new kind of smart
Unlike anything before it — Robin has the cloud integrated right into Android OS, and it’s perfectly tuned hardware is optimized to take every advantage of it.
It’s supercharged with the cloud
It can do what others can’t — seamlessly expanding its storage online so you always have the space you need for what you want most. By tapping the unlimited potential of the cloud, Robin delivers beyond its specs.
Its storage grows with you
Robin intelligently adapts to your storage needs, and automatically optimizes the space on your phone when it sees you need it. 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).
Robin backs up your apps and photos whenever you’re connected to power and Wi-Fi. (These are the default setting to conserve power and data, but you can change them to fit your needs.) After you’ve been using it for a while and start running out of space, Robin intelligently removes apps and photos you haven’t used in a while – even if you’re offline. Robin knows they’re already backed up safely. If you ever want an offloaded app or photo back, no problem. Just tap on it and we restore the full version right away. It’s hassle free, the way everything should be.
It’s the future of Android
Built on the newest Android, Robin will be familiar right out of the box, but you’ll quickly realize it’s a better experience. We like to keep things simple, and we’ve taken a light touch with the look and feel, streamlining everything so it’s intuitive in all the ways you want it to be, and organized so that what you want is where you need it. Because everything we do with Robin is based on up to the minute innovations on Android, it will always be running on the newest possible version. We’ll do our damndest to ship it to you running Marshmallow, unless that drops after Robin ships. Then we’ll do an OTA update as soon as possible.
Robin doesn’t look like every other Android phone
It doesn’t try to fit in (except in your hand, where it fits very nicely, in fact). Robin is for people who are tired of the status quo and crave something with more personality. It’s designed to feel effortless — reducing clutter and increasing usability. The placement of everything is arranged so every port, button and sensor feels harmonious, symmetrical, and makes sense.
It lets you know what’s up
Four tiny lights on the back give you subtle confirmation that Robin is connected to the cloud and working, without interrupting. Another LED on the bottom tells you when have important notifications, even if your phone is on silent and face down on a table. With a glance, you’re in sync with what matters most.
It’s made by pros
Between us, we’ve got a fair bit of experience making phones (like the G1, Nexus, Evo, HTC M7 and M8). And we’ve partnered with Foxconn (the guys who build some of the most well known phones in the world) for hardware engineering and manufacturing so Robin’s standout design is backed with proven quality. Put simply, Robin kicks ass. It’s got a suite of technologies that work together to get more from each other, and push its performance to incredible levels.
It’s fast, it’s powerful
Running a premium Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm means you can trust Robin to get the job done. It only uses what you need for what you’re asking it to do, so it’s always running optimally (Qualcomm powers a majority of the smartphones you know and have owned, after all).
It’s ultra efficient
Robin is engineered for long battery life. Because our CTO, Mike (the guy who lead the power management team at Android from the start) wouldn’t have it any other way.
Robin manages your power based on what you use and supports quick charging. Even when it’s connected to the cloud, Robin won’t drain your battery. It only backs up when you’re plugged in and on Wi-Fi unless you say otherwise. And it doesn’t use any extra power to make more space when you need it.
The camera is awesome too
Our optical partners have world-class expertise tuning smartphone cameras, and they’re bringing it to Robin to produce the best possible images from our hardware.
Robin also has leading-edge phase detection autofocus. It’s the newest autofocus tech you can find, that assures you’ll actually get the shot you’re trying to take, even when things are moving fast.
Best of all, because Robin runs on the cloud, you’ll be able to shoot like a pro in RAW if you want, and keep all your pro-grade assets without ever running out of space.
The specs, straight up:
Yes, we believe specs are more than just numbers. But we know you want those too, so here you are:
- Processor: Snapdragon 808
- Memory: 3GB RAM / 32 GB onboard / 100 GB online
- Screen: 5.2” IPS LCD 1080p
- Rear Camera: 13MP with phase detection autofocus, dual tone flash
- Front camera: 5MP
- Battery: 2680 mAh
- Dual front facing stereo speakers
- Fingerprint sensor
- Quick charging
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- WiFi A/B/G/N/AC
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- WCDMA 850/900/1800/1900/2100
- LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28
It’s a superphone without the super price tag
We’re cutting out the middleman so you can get a super high spec phone at a great price. Every Kickstarter backer will get Robin for $50 off the retail price. And the first 1000 backers will be the lucky ones to get $100 off the retail price.
It’s bloat free
Because we’re going direct to you, Robin has zero bloatware. You won’t find a single 3rd party app. Just the essentials. Because what’s on your phone should always be up to you, not up to us.
And it plays nicely with others
Robin comes with an unlocked bootloader and open source drivers. You can load CyanogenMod or any other ROM you want, and Robin is still under warranty – even if you brick it. We think what you run should be up to you, so we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to customize Robin. And since we’re not selling it to you through a carrier, you get Robin SIM unlocked too.
Though our focus right now is on making sure Robin launches with the best possible software, we’re super excited about the first updates you’ll get when you have Robin that will give you even more ways to leverage the cloud. Once you have Robin in your hands, we’ll look to you to help us decide what to work on next. We can’t wait to hear what you love, what you want next and what you need most.
We know Android
We’ve launched phones before. Lots of them, actually. Tom Moss our CEO, and Mike Chan our CTO, have been a part of Android since the beginning.
Tom was Worldwide Head of Business Development and Partnerships for Android at Google until 2010. He then went on to found 2 other companies, both of which took advantage of Android technology. He bleeds green. He’s got an Android superhero costume for Pete’s sake.
Mike led power management on Android from the start through version 3.0 (Honeycomb). He knows the system better than he knows Zoolander — he does a *mean* blue steel. Mike and Tom have been bringing new features to Android together for years now.
But no one compliments you on your OS, it’s always the phone that matters. So Mike and Tom called Scott. He’s designed some pretty well known phones so they knew he’d do them right. Scott led the team at HTC that launched several acclaimed phones including the Evo, Incredible and HTC One M7 and M8.
And we’ve got a badass crew of fearless hackers, with real tech experience at companies you know and trust. We’ve got talent. Lots of talent. And we’re putting it to work for you.
Smart storage at work
Why us, why now?
Because we were with Android from the start, and we know how great it can be. Because we want a phone that lives up to that potential. And because it’s about damn time for a cloud-first phone.
Really, we just couldn’t wait any longer.
So we invested our own money and time to prototype, tool and engineer Robin, to cut your wait time in half because we know you couldn’t wait any longer either. We’ve taken Robin as far as we can on our own, but now we need your help.
We’re confident in the technology we’ve built into Robin, but we need to hear from you that you believe in the same future that we do and you want Robin now. Your support is proof that the world is ready for a cloud-first phone.
When you back us, you’ll have the first generation of cloud phones in your hand in just a few months, and you’ll be integral in making next happen now.
It can’t happen without you.
We’re Nextbit. We made a smartphone that brings the power of the cloud to everyone with an integrated cloud OS. We made it because we’re tired of waiting on others. Because we believe in a cloud-first future. And because no one else was making the phone we wanted.
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