Jan 12 AT 10:59 AM Nick Gray 13 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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  • shitta

    wow this is awesome. cant wait to see it

  • rr2009

    Too big for a phone.

  • Griff

    Sign me up for the LTE version as long as it works on T-Mobile. This is what I have been waiting for!

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    • swtrainer

      You are a scum

  • www.phonewbie.com

    The dedicated Bluetooth accessory should be free.

  • SGB101

    I love my note2 but this is a monster, however I hardly use my device to make calls these days, so I could use this as a tablet that makes the odd call.

    Trouble is price, if you have a 7″ tablet and an older phone it’s hard to justify it. Maybe when ita 12 months old id consider one. Still be very powerful.

    I like it, just can’t justify it.

  • Matt

    I stopped being interested at 2gigs ram.. The Note 3 even has 3 gigs and that was released last year.

    • SGB101

      KK needs less ram, so 2gb is more than fine for future updates.

      I have noticed 4.3 manages ram much better than 4.2, at least on cm roms, as at one point I was cleaning out my ram twice a day, I can’t remember the last time u needed to now on my note2

  • donger

    Nice.

  • twatts723

    I like Hisense. Looks sweet. Good specs.

  • chris Carton

    One of the first sources in the U.S. to offer the new Hisense phone is — Tab l e t Sp r i nt –