Meet the Hisense X1, a 6.8-inch Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone set to launch in the U.S. this summer

by: Chris SmithJanuary 8, 2014

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Hisense has not only unveiled Android-powered 4K Smart TVs at CES 2014, but the company has also introduced a large 6.8-inch Android smartphone – or tablet with phone features – that will apparently launch in the USA this summer.

The Hisense X1 will pack some flagship specs inside a plastic body. We’re looking at a 6.8-inch Full HD (1080p resolution) IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage 13-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3900mAh battery. As for size, the phone/tablet measures 152.8 x 79 x 9.7 mm.

The Hisense X1 will run Android 4.4 KitKat with a “light skin” on top at launch, although the version shown around at CES had Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board. Unfortunately, the handset will not have 4G LTE connectivity in the USA, so potential buyers will have to be happy with HSPA+ Internet browsing speeds.

Despite its rather high-end specs, the Hisense X1 will be sold as a mid-range device, although it’s not clear when the device will ship or how much it will cost. What’s known is that the phone will be released in China at first, and then launch in the U.S. under the Silver brand.

Hisense is in talks with two U.S. operators, although it’s not clear whether any of them will pick up the device. However, the large phone / tablet will be available as an unlocked purchase once it launches.

In addition to Hisense, HP may also launch a smartphone with tablet proportions in the near future, the Slate 6 Voice Tab that was recently spotted in Bluetooth SIG documents.

  • Bone

    Whoa, near 7″ and 10mm thick, not gonna be an easy one to carry around.

  • hug

    OK, this is not a phone nor is it a phablet … this is a tablet – PERIOD

    • AndroidBoss

      This thing is ugly – PERIOD.

  • Marsg

    This is getting out of hand period, figuratively and literally, I think this one fits in the tablet category even thought it’s not 7 inch

  • Jayfeather787

    Nice specs.

  • Guest123

    OK, not sure you guys got the dimensions right. . . if you did, WOW!

    Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4″ screen, overall dimensions:
    179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm

    Hisense X1 6.8″ screen, overall dimensions:

    152.8 x 79 x 9.7 mm

    I know Sony has some serious bezel on the top and bottom of the Ultra, but so does this thing.

    • AbeDostoyevski

      I came down to post exactly this. Not sure where they are getting their dimensions, but they are wrong. You can’t even get a 6.8 inch screen in those dimensions, let alone a phone with a 6.8 inch screen.

      • Guest1234

        Wanna know how nerdy I am? I took a snapshot of a vid that a guy had comparing his N5 with this phone, and I did some calculations. If I am right, this phone is almost exactly the same height as the Z Ultra (about 180mm) and a tiny bit thinner (88mm).

  • poobum

    1″-2″ = Brick Phone
    2″-3.5″ = Tiny Old School phone
    3.5″ – 5″ = Smartphone
    5″-6.5″ = Phablet
    6.5″+ = Fucking Tablet

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Even the Z Ultra didn’t seem to be a phablet to me (6.4″ + big bezels). So yea, this 6.8″ thing is really a fooking tablet. xD

    • Guest123

      Those are your arbitrary definitions.

    • Geovane Dantas

      The dimensiones of the Hisense X1 = Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    • Geovane Dantas

      The dimensiones of the Hisense X1 = Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • MadCowOnAStick

    i think the max should really be 6 inches because that’s just oversize and how are you going to hold that up to your ear and not look like an idiot… yup that’s what they said for the galaxy note but this is just…

  • The Method

    I’d be fine using this, but I’d rather have a Nexus 7 that was also a phone.

  • disqus_0Rw7ocTS7Q

    6.8″ (screen diagonal) means that the screnn must be min. 152.8 x 79 x 9.7 mm. not the pkone…. the phone must be bigger…
    If the phone mesures this… that means the screen must be smaller..

    • Cole Raney

      A screen has near 10 mm thickness?

  • maxwellhammer

    It’s a tablet for fashionistas (too big for them to call it a phone. Just as those folks in The Verge). A XXL phalet for techies. But it’s phone cum tablet for people who have little money to spend on 2 devices. So, don’t choose other people cloth base on your body.