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

The Hisense X1 is a 6.8-inch smartphone that was unveiled at CES 2014 and will launch in the USA later this summer.
January 8, 2014

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.