Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Sep 2015 08:09 UTC
Android

Nextbit, a company founded by former Android engineers from Google, HTC, and others, has unveiled its first smartphone. The Robin has a pretty unique and fun design, but the major selling point - they claim - is that the phone intelligently manages its limited storage by offloading lesser-used or unused stuff (content and applications) to the internet. An interesting strategy in the current climate of privacy wariness - especially since these more boutique Android phones tend to be for technologically inclined users, who will be more aware of these issues. One also has to wonder how well this will work and how reliable it'll be, considering the company's young age.

As for specifications:

Speaking of hardware, the Robin is a uniquely designed mid-range Android phone. Nextbit tapped former HTC designer Scott Croyle as its head of design in 2014, and set out to make a phone that stands out among the sea of similar looking phones. The result is a device that's starkly rectangular, but with circular details throughout. The Robin's all-plastic chassis houses a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 2,680mAh battery, and 13-megapixel camera. Unique additions include a USB Type-C charging port and fingerprint scanner embedded into the side-mounted power button. The Robin is completely carrier and bootloader unlocked and is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile LTE.

Decidedly midrange for a phone that's on Kickstarter right now and will (supposedly) ship in January.

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RE[2]: I like the design
by Naomi on Wed 2nd Sep 2015 11:27 UTC in reply to "RE: I like the design"
Naomi
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2013-05-27

It's bad enough that phones kill background apps for ram/battery conservation. Now this one will delete apps/media for storage conservation? Ugh. It's a solution in search of a problem. 128gb NAND chips are cheap. Cheaper than a year of most paid cloud cloud storage services. Bump up the price by $50, put one on the motherboard and everyone will be happier. Except for mobile operators who meter bandwidth.

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