6.8 inch Hisense X1 smartphone expected to loom over other handsets in the U.S. by Q2

6.8 inch Hisense X1 smartphone expected to loom over other handsets in the U.S. by Q2
Last year at CES, Huawei introduced the 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate. At the time, it was the largest screened smartphone in existance. Eventually, it would be replaced at the top of that list by the 6.4 inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The latter held the record, until now. At CES 2014, Hisense announced the 6.8 inch Hisense X1 smartphone. After a brief stop over in China, the humungous handset will be released in the U.S. late in the second quarter.

The IPS screen brings resolution of 1080 x 1920, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU will be powering the beast. The rear-facing snapper weighs in at 13MP, and a 3900mAh battery keeps the lights on. Android 4.4 is pre-installed out of the box.

The device is all plastic and the manufacturer expects to position the model as a mid-range device despite the screen-size and the specs. Hisense plans on selling an unlocked variant in the states under the Silver name. The buzz is that two U.S. carriers are interested in adding the X1 to their lineups, which means that it will most likely be offered with subsidized pricing. While the Hisense X1 supports HSPA+, there is a X3 model that includes LTE connectivity. Pricing remains a mystery for the moment.


source: Engadget

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24 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

This must be the phablet limit, the biggest one in the industry.

4. SleepingOz unregistered

That's no longer a "phablet", 6" should be the limit.

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Once it starts creeping in on 7 inches...its a tablet. :D

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Thats not bad... I'll buy this phone

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Don't speak too soon... bc I'm sure someone will come out a 6.99" phablet o.O At 6.8"... it really loses the meaning of a mobile phone. It's almost like walking around with a Nexus 7 (I know Nexus 7's braze is bigger) I do like the battery size :P but I really don't think I'll be able to fit that phone in my pocket... I might have to pass :/

19. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

phablet=phone+tablet, so in theory there is no limit :)

2. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Well, looks like I'll be replacing my Xperia Z Ultra.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This is just ludicrous. Big for the sake f being big, offering no additional value for the size. Might as well just carry a Nexus 7 around with you.

5. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

This is crazy. 5.0 - 6.0" is the best phablet size.

6. alextheZowner

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

I second all those comments but you can't deny not being impressed by those specs just wait for the price and there is going to be stupid dumb sales.

8. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

This is almost reaching to a tablet .. putting that big thing to ears (while calling) will be crappy !!

9. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

I want it! Think it will come to Verizon? (we all know the answer to that)

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

6.8 inch? This is almost a tablet, imagine putting this big mama to your ears, you will look awkward.

11. AJtheAndroid

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

First pic...ONLY 4 FINGERS!#!

13. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Damn..I bet that those 7inch tablets will be soon called phablets in a few months..

14. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This is nice...... got me impressed

15. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I didn't think they would top the Z Ultra... Wow.

17. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

hopefully this means up to 6.9 is enough for the phablet category since we have 7 inch tablets and anything 7 inches or more they keep the monster phone category for.

18. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

Give us our 4.7" screen phones back. We're not giants, titans or even sumo wrestlers.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's a beautiful device not sure of the size though.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How do you carry it? My iPhone goes comfortably on my belt in a leather pouch, my note 3 does the same thing but not as easily and as comfortable. This thing won't even fit, it'll have to be carried like what it is a tablet

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This screen size chasing game is soon going to ruin smartphones as we know them, no smart phone should have more than a 5.7 inch screen. The Galaxy note 3 is as big as a smart phone should be

23. GeekMovement unregistered

so how about if they start focusing on something else besides the screen size? Do they think we will eventually want a 10inch "phablet" in the next couple of years? 5" is the perfect screen size for me even with all the bigger sizes coming out these days. Please just work on battery for crying out loud as well as software updates and the aesthetics of the phone.

24. davon.milton

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

thats a nice phone ima get it one of these days im dropping these other phones BC i always wanted a real big phone an this one cough my eyes a 6.8 screen that's really bigger than the phones i have been looking at soo would it be in the U.S. by Christmas

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