Razer buys Nextbit, stops selling Robin smartphone and accessories


It’s been roughly 10 months since we reviewed the Nextbit Robin, an Android smartphone that garnered a Top Pick of 2016 Award. Alex, our site owner, picked one up and found that the Robin is “an amazingly nice phone with a unique design that you’re not going to find anywhere else. If you’re looking for a mid-range Android phone you need to consider the Nextbit Robin.”

Fast forward to today and an interesting post has appeared from the CEO and co-founder of Nextbit, Tom Moss. Posting in the Nextbit community forums, Moss announced that the company has been bought by Razer. It’s definitely an interesting acquisition as Razer is known for its high-performance gaming hardware. In the announcement, Moss indicated that even though they have stopped selling Robin and associated accessories, warranty support will continue for 6 more months and software and security updates would continue through February 2018.

Nextbit also tweeted the news with an interesting GIF, and the news was also confirmed on Razer’s Twitter account.

Check out the full announcement below:

We’ve got some pretty exciting news to share, Rebels

I’m thrilled to announce that we’re joining the Razer family! They’re rebels like us, they speak from the heart, and they share our need to push boundaries. Nextbit will operate as an independent division inside Razer, focused on unique mobile design and experiences. To put it simply, we’ll be doing exactly what we’ve been doing all along, only bigger and better.

If you’re curious what this means for Robin, don’t worry. While we have stopped selling Robin and all accessories through our official channels, we are still dedicated to supporting all of you. We will continue to fulfill warranties for 6 more months. And as promised, we will continue to provide software updates and security patches through February 2018.

More than anything we want to preserve the community we’ve built on our forums and our social streams, we’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

I want to thank all of you for your support. We would not be the company we are today without our backers, our supporters and our community — our band of Rebels. We love you guys.

Tom Moss

What do you make of the Nextbit acquisition by Razer? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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