Nextbit Gets Regulatory Approval to Sell Robin in India

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Nextbit Gets Regulatory Approval to Sell Robin in India
Highlights
  • Nextbit said Kickstarter shipments begin next week.
  • Some regions saw shipments begin in February.
  • The Robin comes with 100GB of free cloud storage.

Nextbit, the company behind the cloud-based smartphone Robin, on Friday announced that it has received regulatory approval to sell smartphones in India. Alongside, it said shipments for smartphones pre-ordered from Kickstarter will begin from next week for India.

The company made the announcement in a tweet, in which it added that there is "no general sale yet", indicating no immediate plans to begin retail sales in India. To recall, the company had announced it would launch in India by April-end, and appears to have gotten delayed with its plans.

To recall, the Nextbit Robin went up for pre-orders in October, and countries to which it shipped included India. The handset, which starts at $399 (roughly Rs. 26,000), will cost you another $70 (roughly Rs. 4,600) to get it shipped to India. Shipments to several regions began in February.

To recall, the cloud-based Nextbit Robin's USP is that it automatically backs up (and deletes) photos and other data that hasn't been used recently every time the user connects to Wi-Fi. It also sports a fingerprint sensor.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Nextbit Robin sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display, and is powered by Qualcomm's hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be supplemented with the 100GB of free cloud storage space.

The Robin sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It runs on a 2680mAh battery, and sports a USB Type-C charging port. The 4G-enabled smartphone features an unlocked bootloader, allowing users to easily use their custom Android ROMs if they so desire. The smartphone is available in two colour variants: Mint and Midnight.
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Beautiful design
  • Fast charging
  • Unique cloud storage integration
  • Stereo speakers
  • Unlocked bootloader
  • Bad
  • No USB OTG; FM Radio
  • Granular controls needed for cloud syncing
  • Average battery life
  • Camera struggles with macros
Display 5.20-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 2680mAh
OS Android 6.0.1
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
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