Razer acquires smartphone manufacturer Nextbit

Gaming peripherals company Razer seems to be making a habit of acquiring interesting technology companies. In 2015, Razer purchased Ouya, the short-lived maker of an Android game console. A year later, Razer picked up THX. This year, Razer is buying Nextbit, the manufacturer of the Robin smartphone.

Razer has acquired the majority of Nextbit's assets and plans to retain all of Nextbit's staff, including its management team and Scott Croyle, a former design lead at HTC. The folks from Nextbit will operately separately from Razer and under their own management. Razer has not disclosed any financial details about the transaction.

The deal comes with some bad news for users of Nextbit's Robin smartphone. Nextbit's CEO, Tom Moss, told Recode that the company has stopped selling the phone once its inventory was cleared. Support for the Robin will continue under Razer for a limited time. For the next six months, Razer will provide hardware support, and will offer software support and updates and for another six months after that.

The acquisition might enable some interesting opportunities for Razer, a company that's made its name selling gaming peripherals and, more recently, laptops. Considering that Razer has a partnership with Lenovo, who owns the Moto brand, maybe we'll see a Razer Razr in the near future?

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    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    If they work with the team who made the Razer Forge mini-console, they could perhaps come up with an interesting Android gaming handheld. It would be nice to see a true successor to the Shield portable.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Would be cool to have Razer phones on the market, if that’s what they’re planning to do with the retained staff. Just don’t put those loud logos and artwork on the phones and make them look geekazoid.

    • superjawes
    • 3 years ago

    …I mean it’s a good fit. Razer have a habit of doing odd things (see 3 x 4k screens on a laptop), but making a phone and marketing it as some sort of premium gaming device might actually work. If nothing else, it does give Razer plenty of background for handheld devices.

    • Mad_Dane
    • 3 years ago

    Sweet the world’s first smartphone with mechanical keys, RGB lights and shitty plastic inc.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    How long before the [s<]dreaded[/s<]trademark Razer build quality rears its head?

      • DancinJack
      • 3 years ago

      They don’t have plans to release further productions apparently. Maybe next iteration though!

    • xeridea
    • 3 years ago

    That is the worst looking phone I’ve ever seen.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, well Apple has patent rights to a rounded rectangle, so they had to go with square edges.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 3 years ago

        It’s not just the edges, it’s the colour. That looks like 70’s vintage grandma soap.

          • Magic Hate Ball
          • 3 years ago

          There is one good color option, they chose the most distinctly retro option for this image.

          • jessterman21
          • 3 years ago

          Robin – like robin’s egg blue. I got the dark gray one.

          And I get compliments all the time on the square edges and fingerprint-reader/power button.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          That’s the new trend.

      • nico1982
      • 3 years ago

      De gustibus non est desputandum.

      • thedosbox
      • 3 years ago

      Not even close – that medal goes to some of Vertu’s monstrosities.

        • Pwnstar
        • 3 years ago

        He did say it was the worst HE has ever seen.

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