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Hisense Reveals Six New 4G LTE Smartphones For Chinese Networks Including The X1

January 16, 2014 - Written By Patrick Northcraft

 

Hisense, a Chinese television manufacturer, and China Mobile have officially revealed six new smartphones at an event in Beijing, China.  All six are 4G LTE enabled, and will work on China Mobile’s network.  The smartphones are designated as the Hisense X1, X9T, X8T, X68T, X6T, and X5T.  We have already known about the X1 since it was revealed at CES 2014.  It is the largest phone to date, with a 6.8 inch screen, which makes even the massive Sony Xperia Z Ultra look small.  It is powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor that is clocked at 2.3GHz, and has 2GB of RAM.  On the photography side, it contains a 13MP primary shooter along with a 5MP secondary camera.  The battery is rather large.  At 3,900 mAh, its capacity makes the already small batteries of phones like the Nexus 5 look even smaller.  However, with a screen as large as this one it will take a lot of power to run it.  Like the Nexus 5, this phone will also be running Android 4.4 KitKat.  The price of this large phone is expected to be around $490, which seems like quite the deal to us, but perhaps not to the Chinese market.

The X9T  has essentially the same hardware as the X1, but boasts only a 5.5 inch screen as opposed to the 6.8 inches of its big brother.  The X8T and X68T both have four core processors, with the latter having a 5.5 inch display, and the prior having a 5 inch screen.  The X6T and X5T are both powered by dual-core processors, with the latter having a 5.5 inch screen, and the prior having a 5 inch screen.  Both phones are expected to run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, have a 13MP primary camera with 16GB of internal storage, and sport a 2,000 mAh battery.  All six phones will be skinned with Hisense GUI 3.0, which is based on the Android OS.

The X6T has been on sale for some time, while the X5T will be arriving on the Chinese market later this month, and the other four phones do not yet have official release dates.  Besides the facts listed above, no other information has yet been released by Hisense regarding these devices.  It would seem that a pattern is taking place, however.  The X1 is their elite, high-end device.  The X9T seems to be a smaller version of this elite device, for those who do not want something as large.  The X6T and X5T appear to be of a lower-end design, which makes it perfectly possible that the X8T and the X68T are going to serve as mid-range devices for Hisense. Let us know what you think about Hisense in the comments, and if you would purchase one of these phones if it became available in your market.