Though not yet available to the public, Nextbit is taking an interesting approach with its cloud-based smartphone, supposedly scheduled for release around the first quarter. The company has created an Android smartphone like those from Huawei, HTC, LG, and Samsung but with one big difference: It offers unlimited cloud storage. The idea seems to be that your data is always available, regardless of what device you’re on.
Right now, when you uninstall an app, all of that data is gone forever. But Nextbit’s syncing technology will let you “pause” the app so that the data is no longer transmitted but can easily be reinstalled. Nextbit has started accepting preorders for its inaugural mobile device, called Robin. It’s available for $400 and comes with a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of memory, a 5.2” 1080p IPS, a fingerprint scanner, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and amplified dual speakers.