Razer acquires smartphone startup Nextbit Systems for an unknown amount

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Razer’s newest acquisition might allow the corporate to convey shoppers an unlocked, Razer-branded smartphone.

Did Razer simply get into the smartphone enterprise? The favored gaming peripheral maker stated on Monday that it acquired Nextbit Techniques Inc., the corporate chargeable for the cloud-based mostly Nextbit Robin smartphone. Robin is predicated on a forked model of Android referred to as Nextbit OS that seamlessly merges native and cloud storage so customers by no means run out of area. It additionally constantly adapts to the way it’s used to offer a smartphone surroundings that evolves with the proprietor’s altering wants.

Based on Razer, it now owns nearly all of Nextbit’s belongings, and has introduced the agency’s administration and staff beneath Razer’s roof. Nevertheless, Razer will stay as a mum or dad firm, enabling Nextbit to function as a standalone division utilizing its personal administration. Nextbit won’t grow to be a part of the continued enterprise of mother or father firm Razer.

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“To be able to attain a wider viewers and proceed our mission, we determined to hitch with a bigger model,” stated Tom Moss, Nextbit Techniques Inc. co-founder and CEO. “We’re fortunate to have discovered an organization in Razer that shares our worth of pushing the boundaries of what our units can do.”

The Nextbit Robin smartphone was originally a Kickstarter project that generated $1,362,343 from three,611 backers, overshooting Nextbit’s $500,000 aim. The corporate got down to create a cloud-first gadget in order that finish customers wouldn’t be constantly nervous concerning the native storage on their gadget. Nextbit additionally needed a bloat-free product that decreased muddle and elevated usability for the last word smartphone expertise.

Listed here are the hardware specs:

Display: 5.2 inches (IPS)
Decision: 1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Snapdragon 808 (six cores, 1.8GHz)
Reminiscence: 3GB LPDDR3
Storage: 32GB on-board
100GB on-line
Cameras: 13MP (again)
5MP (entrance)
Audio: 2x entrance-dealing with audio system with twin amplifiers
Connectivity: Wi-fi AC
Bluetooth four.zero Low Power
Safety: Fingerprint scanner
Storage encryption choice
Battery: 2,680mAh
Measurement: 5.86 x 2.eighty three x zero.27 inches
Weight: 5.three ounces
Launch date: Might 30, 2016

The fingerprint sensor is constructed into the facility button in order that when customers get up the system, it’s mechanically unlocked, eliminating the necessity for swiping or getting into passwords or PINs. Nextbit went with a sq. design sporting barely rounded edges to make the smartphone straightforward to grip and cozy within the consumer’s hand always. One speaker resides on the face of the gadget within the areas above and under the display.

Moss said on the Nextbit community forums that the corporate will do “precisely what we’ve been doing all alongside,” however backed by Razer’s assets. Nevertheless, the acquisition signifies that gross sales of the Robin smartphone and all equipment have ceased. All warranties can be supported by way of the subsequent six months, and software program updates and safety patches will proceed to roll out via February 2018.

“Greater than something we need to protect the group we’ve constructed on our boards and our social streams, we’re actually pleased with what we’ve completed collectively,” Moss stated. “We might not be the corporate we’re as we speak with out our backers, our supporters, and our group.”

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