Hisense hasn’t unveiled just its 4K Smart TVs at CES 2014, but also a 6.8-inch Android device known as Hisense X1. We were surprised to find out that despite of its high specs, it wasn’t presented as a premium smartphone, but more as a mid-range device and we think that the company took this decision due to its materials and lack of 4G LTE connectivity. Here we have more details to see that by yourself and don’t worry, is still plenty of time to take a final decision about being or not what you need as long as it is expected to be launched in US this summer.
First of all, it comes equipped with all that we’d expect from a high-end handset: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, as well as a 13-megapixel main camera that doesn’t come alone, but with a secondary 5-megapixel front-facing camera as well.
Its 6.8-inch Full HD IPS display has a 1080p resolution and although this Hisense X1 model unveiled at CES had Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board, we have great news for KitKat lovers out there. The final version that is going to be released on the market will feature the latest Android 4.4 KitKat version.
So, we cannot deny that Hisense X1 seems to be indeed able to offer us the performance that we are looking for, but its dimensions are making its comfortable daily use questionable. To be more specific, it measures no less than 152.8 x 79 x 9.7 mm, so you wouldn’t be too wrong for initially thinking that it is actually a tablet and not a huge smartphone. And unfortunately, we must warn you about the fact that it won’t have 4G LTE connectivity in the USA, so your only chance could be to use the HSPA+ Internet browsing speeds, not to mention the plastic body that has a disappointing quality. There are indeed some rumors about a possible LTE-capable model for the US market as our source mentioned too, but the company hasn’t made any official statement regarding the existence of such a version.
And as we have said, Hisense X1 won’t be launched sooner than this summer, so take your time to decide if it is worthy of your investment. And speaking of money, it is still not clear how much it will cost, but we’ll keep you updated.