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Hisense X1 features high end hardware in a 6.8-inch smartphone body

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Can a 6.8-inch device still be considered a smartphone? This thing has mobile data and an earpiece and everything, so it’s really a phone, isn’t it? Wow, it’s big. Yes, Hisense has announced the X1 smartphone at CES 2014 and it looks very intriguing, to say the least.

This device features a massive 6.8-inch 1080p IPS display, close to the size of a Nexus 7. It has a pixel density of 324 PPI, so even though 1080p resolution is quite modern, it’s stretched out across that huge display. It also has a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13MP camera, and a 3,900mAh battery, making it a fairly high end device.

The device shown off was running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but will be launched with 4.4 KitKat with a light skin on top. It still retains on screen buttons as Google designed them, multitasking key and all. I would have put the back button on the right side, but that’s just me.

Surprisingly, the device may be coming to the US. Hisense is talking to two US carriers about bringing the device here. The regular X1 has no LTE, but Hisense will be making an X3 with LTE capability for the US. The company is hoping to release the device in late Q2 of 2014 here in the States but has not mentioned price aside from “mid end.” Would you consider this behemoth of a phone? Leave a comment!