What Is Rabbit R1 and How Is It Different from Your Smartphone?

Updated on February 13 2024
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CES is the most anticipated tech event in the world. There were a lot of interesting tech launches in CES 2024. However, the one that truly stole the show was Rabbit R1, a small, AI packed devices that can be your next phone.

In the event, Jesse Lyu, the founder and CEO of Rabbit R1 introduced their new device Rabbit R1 that works as your pocket AI companion and can perform tasks for you.

But what is so different about it? Well, the way it works and the changes its going to bring to the smartphone market.

I was really impressed by Rabbit R1 as I have never seen such kind of device launched in the mainstream.

Let’s see what Rabbit R1 is and how its going to change the future forever.

What is Rabbit R1?

Rabbit R1 is a nifty little device running on RabbitOS, the brainchild of Rabbit, a cutting-edge AI startup.  Launched in the CES 2024, this pocket-sized device is an all-in-one solution for messaging, calls, and seamless access to Spotify and Uber—all using voice commands.

What sets the Rabbit R1 apart is its departure from the conventional post-smartphone approach, challenging Humane’s Ai Pin. While others, like the Ai Pin, might excel at running ChatGPT for answering queries, the R1 takes things a step further—it actually performs tasks on your behalf within mobile apps.

R1 can be defined as the phone that doesn’t demand your constant attention and anticipates your needs before they even flicker into your own mind.

So, what made this unassuming square the talk of the tech world? Control. The R1 ditches how traditional smartphones work. It gives you a streamlined interface powered by AI “Rabbits” that learn your habits and preferences. Need to book a flight? No need to sift through endless travel apps. Just tell your destination to the R1, and it will present you with curated options that fit your budget and schedule.

But the R1 is more than just a glorified errand boy. It’s a conversation starter, a bridge between the digital and the real world. Its rotating camera isn’t just for selfies; it can scan your surroundings, suggesting restaurants based on your food preferences, or even reminding you to grab an umbrella if rain clouds gather on the horizon.

Also Read: Our review of Rabbit R1

Rabbit R1 Specs and Features

Rabbit R1 Specs

Here are the Specifications of Rabbit R1:

  • Operating System: RabbitOS
  • Display: 2.88-inch touchscreen
  • Processor: 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P35
  • Camera: 360-degree rotational camera
  • Battery: All-day battery life (estimated)
  • Charging Port: Type-C
  • 4G LTE connectivity: Supports both Wi-Fi and cellular networks
  • SIM Card Slot: Yes
  • Battery Life: All day
  • Voice Commands: Yes
  • Scroll Wheel: Analog
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Price: $199

Here are some notable features of Rabbit R1:

  • Rabbit OS: Custom AI-powered operating system, designed to streamline tasks and interactions
  • AI “Rabbits”: Learn user behavior and automate actions like sending messages, ordering food, booking rides, playing music, and more
  • Voice commands: Push-to-talk button for hands-free control and natural language interaction
  • App-free experience: No need to download or navigate multiple apps; Rabbits handle tasks directly
  • Card-based interface: Information and actions are presented in easy-to-digest cards
  • Personalized learning: AI adapts to user preferences and habits over time

How does Rabbit R1 works?

The Rabbit R1’s magic lies in its combination of hardware and software, especially its custom Rabbit OS and the intelligent AI “Rabbits”. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:

1. Rabbit OS: Rabbit’s custom operating system streamlines user experience, eliminating the need for traditional app downloads. With a simplified interface, relevant information and actions are presented seamlessly through your Rabbit, avoiding app overload and confusion.

2. AI “Rabbits”: Your personal “Rabbit”, the brains of the operation on R1, learns your preferences and habits through interactions, acting as a digital assistant. It interprets voice commands, proactively handling tasks like booking flights based on your preferences recorded from your previous interactions.

3. Interaction: You can interact with the R1 primarily through voice commands using the push-to-talk button, just like a walkie-talkie for your AI assistant. The touchscreen and scroll wheel provide additional navigation options for browsing information or making selections.

4. Learning and Adaptation: What makes R1 unique is its ability to learn from your preferences and adapt to them. With each use, your Rabbit comprehends you better. Every interaction and task refines predictions, leading to personalized suggestions that seamlessly anticipate and enhance your efficiency.

5. Integration and Ecosystem: The Rabbit R1 links with a lot of apps via its online portal, enabling your Rabbit to access information and perform tasks across platforms. Although it strives to reduce its reliance on extra apps, it acknowledges the digital landscape by ensuring seamless integration for compatibility and accessibility.

Rabbit R1 Vs Traditional Smartphones

Rabbit R1’s focus is to simplify human-tech interaction and prioritize user needs over app needs. Rabbit R1 is a lot different from a traditional smartphone. Here is a table to show you the differences between Rabbit R1 and Smartphones-

CriteriaSmartphonesRabbit R1
FunctionalityVast app ecosystem for diverse needs, including games, photo editing, finance management, and social media.Relies on AI “Rabbits” to handle tasks, emphasizing communication, travel planning, and daily routines. Evolving capabilities.
User ExperienceOverwhelming with notifications, app updates, and multitasking challenges.Minimalist interface, streamlined through voice commands and a card-based system, minimizing screen time and enhancing focus.
PersonalizationPersonalization through app choices and settings, requiring user configuration.AI “Rabbits” learn individual preferences and habits, offering highly personalized recommendations and adapting functionality.
AccessibilityChallenging for users with disabilities or vision impairment due to complex interfaces and touch screens.Potentially more accessible with voice-based control and a simple interface, but may need further optimization for specific needs.

The only common thing between R1 and a smartphone is that both of them can make calls. Otherwise, Rabbit R1’s working is totally different.

How is Rabbit R1 different from using Siri or Ok Google?

Rabbit R1 - comparison with smartphone

While watching the Rabbit R1’s CES presentation, my first question was why would I need a Rabbit R1 when Siri and Google can do the same with my voice commands? This is when the Founder and CEO of Rabbit, Jesse Lyu answered it himself:

“The first question we ask about ourselves is why would I need a new device if I already have an iPhone? My iPhone can’t do any of this at all. We do not build Rabbit R1 to replace your phone; it’s just a different generation of devices. The app-based system was introduced more than 15 years ago, and a new generation of native AI-powered devices is just getting started.”

In essence, Rabbit AI is more about revolutionizing the use of AI in the daily life of consumers. And what could be the best way to do that except charging the device they used the most? Their Smartphones.

Judging from the presentation, Rabbit R1 is doing what Siri and Google does, however, they are also training the AI to work as per your preference. And Rabbit R1 is much more responsive and intelligent than Siri or Ok Google. I believe, this approach to use voice AI is much better than asking Siri to do something.

Also read: ChatGPT vs Google Bard – Which is better?

How is Rabbit R1 going to change the future?

The Rabbit R1, blending AI and a user-friendly experience, holds potential to reshape mobile tech. By prioritizing voice commands and a streamlined interface, it offers intuitive interactions, easing tech fatigue. This shift encourages mindful tech use, minimizing distractions. The “Rabbits” hint at AI’s future, going beyond commands for proactive, personalized assistance.

R1’s success might influence future phone designs for simplicity, but questions linger on replacing all smartphone benefits. Its impact extends to accessibility and task streamlining, benefitting diverse groups and potentially transforming education and work. While R1’s long-term impact is uncertain, its user-centric design hints at a future of personalized, proactive technology.

Conclusion

So, is Rabbit R1 the best phone you can have? Not really. Is Rabbit R1 going to become a huge success? Maybe. There has been mobile devices focused on minimalism in the past. But none of them came anywhere close to success. The reason is most probably the nature of the Smartphone user. However, the most certain thing about Rabbit R1’s launch is the revolution. Rabbit R1 is definitely going to change how we see phones. The blend of AI, compact design, and easier interaction is definitely going to impact the designs and features of the upcoming smartphones we will see in the market.

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