Jan 12 AT 10:59 AM Nick Gray 14 Comments

Hands On: Hisense X1 blurs the line between phone and tablet

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Topping the list of most outrageous gadgets at CES 2014 is the new Hisense X1 and its 6.8-inch 1080p display. No, the Hisense X1 isn’t a new small tablet, it’s actually a smartphone heading for China and the US later this summer. Aside from its massive size and display, the Hisense X1 is a flagship tier smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP camera and a 3,900mAh. The phone currently runs Android 4.3 with a light skin, but we were told by a Hisense rep that the software on the US version of the device would be dramatically different to accommodate “western tastes.”

Obviously, the Hisense X1 and its 6.8-inch display will not appeal to everyone. Simply put, the phone is massive. You can hold it in one hand, but we recommend using your free hand to interact with the screen. The X1 is a fairly attractive handset with a look that lies somewhere between the Blackberry Z10 and the HTC One. The fact that the Hisense X1 sports front-facing Dolby Digital speakers and a two toned silver and white color scheme makes it hard not to think of the HTC One when holding the device. The X1 will be available in white, black and metallic blue.

Those who purchase the Hisense X1 will have the option to purchase a dedicated Bluetooth phone accessory for making calls–because holding up a 6.8-inch phone to your face to make a phone call is just as bad as taking pictures with a tablet. US pricing and availability will not be set until late Q2 of 2014, but Hisense says that the phone will debut with a sticker price “significantly lower” than that of other devices currently available in the same category.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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