Hisense 6.8-inch 4G MAXE X1 KitKat Phone Wants to be Handset, Tablet, TV, and Set-top Box

This week during Mobile World Congress 2014, Hisense introduced a 6.8 inch 4G smartphone, further blurring the line between phone and tablet. Called the MAXE X1, this device is dubbed as the only smartphone that combines the features of a handset, a tablet, a TV, and a set-top box.

Slated to arrive in March, the MAXE X1 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and Android 4.4 "KitKat." The huge 6.8-inch screen provides a 1920 x 1080 display, and there's no mention of a front-facing camera, just a 13MP camera mounted on the back that supports full HD (1080p) video recording as well as panoramic, fast-burst and camera modes.

"In terms of the phone's dimensions, in much the same way that the Samsung Note was designed and sized for a 160 cm (5'3") tall woman, the Hisense X1 was tailored to feel just right in the hands of a 180 cm (5'11") tall man. Yet, the X1's 9.2 mm thickness is perfectly sized for a woman's smaller hands," explains the company's press release.

The specs also include two stereo front speakers, 5.1 Dolby virtual surround technology, three noise-canceling microphones, and an HDMI port that supports MHL device charging. This super-sized phone also supports a mini NFC/Bluetooth phone that weighs only 0.7 ounces, allowing the user to take calls, and send and receive SMS messages without having to whip out the X1 "phablet."

The company's announcement reports that this phone can be used as a "smart" TV box. Owners simply plug the device into an HDMI port on a non-Smart TV and switch the MAXE X1 into "TV Mode." This allows the user to run Android apps on the big screen, and the phone to serve as a wired remote control. How this "TV Mode" is different from any other tablet or phone with HDMI output is unknown at this time.

"Its built-in wireless transmission function also supports content sharing with the TV. In addition to the MHL feature, X1 supports WFD, DLAN, Hisense Sharing as well as other multi-screen sharing protocols," reads the press release.

The Hisense MAXE X1 will be released in March or April in markets worldwide. Currently, the pricing is unknown, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, we've reached out to Hisense to find out what makes the TV Mode unique.

Check out all our Mobile World Congress 2014 coverage here!

  • ZolaIII
    This is a concept of the future of personal computing! Unfortunately hardware is yet to come. This form of device with let's say Quad modified cortex A57 (like project Denver) & a new gen of GPU (like Maxwell) & a hyper memory cube can do all what user can demand from it.I am not a Nv fan just using something with what I can estimate some performance projection. A peek in the future!
  • WebsWalker
    This is a concept of the future of personal computing! A peek in the future!
    Yes but... will it blend? Personnally I don't see that a future concept. Merely as a try. I would prefer a computation unit with heavy battery that you put un your back pack. And then few device wich are only wireless screen to use on it. You can even push further in connected area with a computer home which will do all the job for you and you ahve only a terminal in hand not a CPU. This bige tools are pretty useless as the power source will always be too short for the need. So to me the future is more into removing the conputing module from the terminal
  • ZolaIII
    @ WebsWalkerIt will blend at least once!
  • tesshartfordca
    TABLETMAXX -- is one of the first U.S.sites to feature the new Hisense Mega-tablet and has more details on this new device