Gaming laptop maker Razer has acquired Nextbit — the company behind the first cloud-based smartphone Robin. While financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed, Nextbit announced that it will continue to operate as an independent division inside Razer, and will focus on mobile design and experiences. Founded by former executives from Google and HTC, Nextbit only has one smartphone to its name, which was released last year. Also Read - Razer Pikachu wireless earbuds launched with a Pokeball charging caseAlso Read - Intel 10th gen H-Series CPU is official: A look at laptops from Asus, Razer, MSI, Lenovo, Acer and others
In the company blog, Nextbit CEO Tom Moss explains that while the company has stopped selling the Robin smartphone, and other accessories through the official channels, it will continue to fulfill warranties for six more months and provide software updates and security patches through February 2018. Also Read - 10 best gaming deals on Amazon and Flipkart sale
Moss said that the whole Nextbit team will be coming over and that the deal will give the company more resources than before, The Verge reports. Additionally, the Nextbit staff will continue to operate from their current location in San Francisco. ALSO READ: Nextbit Robin Review: This cloud has no silver lining
When Nextbit launched its Robin smartphone last year, it made a buzz by introducing a device that never runs out of storage . It essentially came with software that manages your internal storage as you put more content and apps on your smartphone. It offers 100GB of smart storage on the cloud, which starts to back up your content as soon as the 32GB internal storage (24GB user available) starts to run out. The software automatically learns your usage behavior and keeps only those apps and content on your device which you use the most, and the rest are backed up.
The smartphone came with a 5.2-inch full HD display, and Snapdragon 808 SoC along with 3GB of RAM. For photography, the Robin was equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera.
With a geometric design and distinctive button-shaped speaker, Nextbit Robin fizzled out in the market overpowered with commercially successful smartphones in the sub-Rs 20,000 category. These smartphones offered much more than just a cloud-first approach, which at the end of day, users failed to understand. At the given price, there are far more aesthetically pleasing smartphones available in the market that offer a good combination of features and performance.
Moss though did not reveal the company s future plans or whether it will be introducing its next Robin smartphone. But given that Nextbit plans continue doing exactly what we ve been doing all along, only bigger and better, we might be able to see some new hardware or software in the coming days.