Nextbit’s Robin coming to India soon, here’s what we know
Folks over at Nextbit are now gearing up to launch their Robin in India, the team has been in India since a few days touring the major cities and showing off the devices in closely managed Meetups. We were invited to the Meetup that was held on 1st May in Mumbai where we got our first hands on with Robin.
Obviously, the main question that everyone has is, When is it coming to India?
According to Shankar Parasaram, Head of Opertions in India, the Robin is currently pending BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) Certification, on approval the company shall soon start shipping. The pricing and availability are still unanswered though Mr. Shankar did hint that the Robin will have a very attractive pricing. The Robin is available for purchase in the US from Nextbit Store as well as Amazon. It is priced at $399, so we are expecting it to cost somewhere between INR 28,000 to 30,000. To start with, the device will be most probably be available exclusively from online marketplaces like Flipkart or Amazon, confirmation pending.
The device will be available in two colors, Mint and Midnight, while the third color Electric is exclusive to Kickstarter Backers only. We did spend some time with the device and had some go through with their Cloud Sync Technology.
The device is really well made, and looks refreshing due to the sharp edges and symmetrical structure. It is made up of plastic and has sqaured off edges. The fingerprint scanner is located on the right side and also acts like an unlock button or two taps for the camera. There are two huge circular amplifying speakers on the front of the phone located above and below the display that are very clear and loud. Nextbit has also partnered with the Danish firm AiAiAi for their headsets which are optimised to work best with the Robin.
On the inside, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The rear camera is a 13MP shooter while the front one is 5MP. It has a crisp 5.2″ LCD Display which is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. For charging, there’s a USB-C Port at the bottom and QuickCharge 2.0 for faster charging.
The Robin does not have any expandable storage. But, it has a really unique system which keeps the Cloud first. All your data (Apps and Pictures for now) is automatically backed up to the cloud when you are running low on storage. Nextbit provides 100GB of free cloud storage so you never have to worry about memory. Also, the Sync takes places only when you are connected to a WiFi network and charging your phone simultaneously, so you never run out of juice or data. We weren’t able to test this feature due to the unavailability of WiFi.