About this project
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.
What people are saying
“This sleek but unassuming smartphone isn’t an iPhone killer or a Galaxy killer, and it won’t kill any other smartphones on the market. Instead, it’s a problem killer” BGR
“Nextbit is building a bridge between the mobile world and the one that comes next, the ambient one where everything is technology.” Wired
“It’s your phone and they’re letting you do what you want with it...” Phandroid
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 damnedest to ship it to you running Marshmallow, unless that drops after Robin ships. Then we’ll do an OTA update as soon as possible.
And storage is just the beginning
With Robin you’ll be on the frontier of a much bigger movement. We have big plans for future cloud-first features that will continue to intelligently enhance your experience by seamlessly adapting to how you live and work.
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, and it’s designed to get you through a full day on a single charge. 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.
Robin only needs a data connection to upload (back up) your data. By default we do this when it is charging and connected to wifi, however if you are never in that situation, you can change the defaults so it backs up in less strict conditions. After Robin is backed up, it can clear space on your device with no connection at all.
Security is super important to us, and we know it’s super important to you to. Personal data is transmitted encrypted and stored encrypted on our servers.
In addition, local Storage is encrypted if you choose that. We support the native disk encryption in Android. And because we’re using Google’s Authenticator for login to our server, you can always use 2-factor authentication.
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, Gorilla Glass 4
- 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
- Dimensions: 149mm x 72mm x 7mm
- Weight: Approx. 150g
- GPS enabled
GSM Version (for AT&T and TMobile networks in the US; best choice for all international backers including Canada)
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- HSPA 850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100
- LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28
- CDMA 800/1900
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- HSPA 1700/1800/1900/2100
- LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/7/13/20/25/26/41
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.
No matter how you choose to get Robin, we’ve got you covered under a one-year warranty that includes everything except physical damage.
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.
It’s available outside the US
Where you live is where we want Robin to be, and we’re making every effort to make Robin widely available globally (see our FAQs for a complete list of where we ship). In response to popular demand we’re excited to add Australia to the list of where we ship. We hope to keep adding more countries throughout the campaign. Stay tuned! (Please keep in mind shipping costs include freight, sales tax and import duties.)
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.
If we can hit $1 million, we will include a quick charger with every Robin. We’ve already had a ton of great feedback and questions about charging. And as our community grows, together we can make sure everyone gets the best, fastest recharge Robin can offer.
Risks and challenges
The team bringing you Robin has so many combined years experience launching phone hardware and software, we can’t even count them all. The first thing we’ve done to minimize risks is to set a goal we need to hit, not just one that’s easy to hit. That means when we hit our goal, we will have raised the funds necessary to place a minimum order with our manufacturing partner.
To minimize delays we have already done a great deal of the work before going live on Kickstarter. We have already been developing and testing the smart storage software for almost a year. We have a set of proven partners in both software and hardware engineering for building the phone itself. We have a contract in place with our manufacturing partner. And orders for several of the longer lead parts have already been made.
In short we are doing everything in our power to bring you Robin as quickly as possible. But there could still be delays. We have fall back plans to ship you a phone running Lollipop if we don’t get the Marshmallow bits in time. But unfortunately, we can’t control for things that can’t be fixed with a software update, like a delayed part shipment, or camera tuning.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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