Hisense X1 is a 6.8 inch smartphone that could replace your tablet

Hisense introduced one of the more interesting tablets of 2013, a low-cost 7 inch tablet that could give the original Nexus 7 a run for its money. So even though Hisense hasn’t announced any new tablets for the US market for 2014 yet, I went looking to see what I could find at the Hisense booth at CES.

I thought I stumbled across the company’s next great tablet… but it turns out it’s actually a phone. But the Hisense X1 is the kind of phone that could totally make you forget about your tablet… if it were available in your region. Unfortunately the X1 will only be available in China at launch.

Update: Engadgets reports that Hisense plans to bring the X1 to the US this summer

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The smartphone features a 6.8 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, has a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera and it’s powered by a 3900mAh battery.

All told, if last year’s Hisense Sero 7 Pro was basically a Nexus 7 clone, this is virtually a Nexus 7 (2013) clone, but with an even faster processor, a slightly smaller screen, and integrated 4G LTE and smartphone features.

Of course, at 6.8 inch phone might be too big to keep in your pocket, so Hisense offers accessories including a Bluetooth handset that’s probably thinner and lighter than the phone you carried in your pocket back in 2006. You can keep your tablet in your bag and use the tiny handset to make and receive calls.

Hisense is showing off a few new 7 inch WiFi-only tablets with MediaTek processors this year, but they’re for the Chinese market only and to be honest, the specs are pretty underwhelming. The company does plan to offer new tablets in the US later in 2014, but Hisense isn’t ready to announce those new products yet.

  • obarthelemy

    I think that’s too big even for my pocket and my hand. My 6.1″ Mate is fine to handle and a pleasure to use, and I’m looking forward to something slightly bigger(Galaxy Mega or Sony Z Ultra, probably the former), but 6.8″ is probably too much for me. More power to those who can handle it though.

    • Joe Butler

      unrelated, but what carrier do you have that mate with?

      • obarthelemy

        I’m in France, so I bought it retail for around $400, and I’m using it on a carrier called Free Mobile which isn’t quite free but $20/mo for unlimited everything (voice, texts, 3G data, including voice to Canada and the US which comes in handy).

      • Joe Butler

        gotcha, thanks.

  • Guest123

    For many who don’t make phone calls very often or really need a tablet on the go more than a phone, this will be a good fit. I’ve read articles by some CEO’s who’ve gone all mobile and they consistently say they need a tablet/phone, thus this thing with a Bluetooth headset will fit for those “all in one” types. . . . life myself.

  • Peter Oliver

    If you have a job where you carry a bag/briefcase/pack of some sort wherever you go, this could be a a very useful device.

  • Michael Thompson

    I find my Note 2 is for me a decent replacement for a 7″ tablet.
    Physical size is the issue here, as previously noted.