Razer, the company known for its premium gaming peripherals and Blade laptops, has recently acquired the majority of Nextbit, the company behind an Android smartphone named Robin.
Nextbit Systems, Inc., is composed of former members of the Android Team. In 2015, they unveiled their own smartphone called Robin and put it up through crowdfunding at Kickstarter. Razer might have found interest in the company and acquired the majority of its assets.
The company will continue to operate as a standalone business unit under its own management and apart from the ongoing business of Razer company. Furthermore, Nextbit will continue the product support and software updates of its Robin smartphone.
“Nextbit is one of the most exciting companies in the mobile space,”says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “Razer has a track record of disrupting industries where our technology and ability to design and innovate have allowed us to dominate categories with longstanding incumbents, such as the peripherals and laptop categories. With the talent that Nextbit brings to Razer, we look forward to unleashing more disruption and growing our business in new areas.”
“In order to reach a wider audience and continue our mission, we decided to join with a larger brand,” says Tom Moss, Nextbit Systems Inc. co-founder and CEO. “We’re lucky to have found a company in Razer that shares our value of pushing the boundaries of what our devices can do.”
Now, other than a toaster, will we have the chance to get a Razer-branded smartphone in the near future?