After a few delays, it seems Nextbit finally came through and made good on its promise to release the Robin smartphone in India. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the cloud-focused device is now out for the general public – sales are expected to kick off exclusively on Flipkart on May 30 for INR 19,999 or about $297. This includes both the Mint and Grey color options. It is worth noting that the handset has already been available on Amazon for a few weeks with international shipping, so you can check that out if you live outside India.
If you are not in the know about the Robin, it offers a 5.2-inch IPS 1080p display, 3GB RAM, a Snapdragon 808 SoC, 13MP plus 5MP camera combo and a 2680 mAh battery pack. But the key selling feature of the handset is its rather unconventional cloud approach to storage.
Instead of opting for more spacious internal storage and an SD card, the device has 32GB of local capacity and 100GB more inside the proverbial cloud. The idea is that any apps that don’t see a lot of frequent use will be offloaded to the web and then recovered upon request. Nextbit promises that the whole process will be seamless, but we still can’t help but wonder how well it will thrive on the emerging India market and its less than ideal network coverage and internet speeds.