We know exactly what you’re thinking… “Damn, that’s a big phone!”. And rightfully so. Though it’s being considered for the “Phablet” market, this thing is seriously teetering on the brink of a full blown out tablet. Being just .2-inches shy of the Nexus 7 and other popular small tablets, we’re definitely thinking it’s a flat out tab. The Hisense X1 is “large and in charge” as stated by Editor in Chief Rob Nazarian as he tries to tame this bad boy one-handed. The X1 comes in at a whopping 6.8-inches sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series CPU, making for a snappy experience when navigating. In addition, the handset comes with a 5-megapixel camera in the front and a 13-megapixel shooter in the rear. Battery life should be optimal to run the true definition IPS display (1920 x 1080) with a whopping 3900 mAh’s.
Though the device on display was sporting Android 4.3, Hisense assures us that the device will launch with Android 4.4 KitKat before production is over. There also appears to be a light skin over the nearly stock experience which shouldn’t make for too much unfamiliarity. The external body is mostly plastic and as of now there is no LTE support for this handset outside of the US, HSPA+ only. Expect the X1 to launch in China just ahead of the US market. The US should see the model sometime in Q2. In addition, there’s indication that the US version, possibly dubbed the X3, will have full LTE support. Check out our hands-on demo below and don’t forget to check out the rest of our CES 2014 coverage here.