Here's a phone that's so big it's practically a tablet. The Hisense X1 really blurs the line between smartphone and tablet, with an eye-popping 6.8-inch display. Compared to the X1, even massive 6-inch phones such as the Nokia Lumia 1320 look puny. In fact, the X1 is just 0.2 inches shy of small tablets such as Google's flagship Nexus 7.
With this much extra screen real-estate, business users will have plenty of room to complete real productivity tasks such as viewing and editing documents and spreadsheets, especially when the device is paired with a Bluetooth keyboard. And the large screen could make everyday tasks such browsing the Web and checking email much more comfortable. More than any smartphone currently on the market, the X1 is a handset that's big enough to handle real work.
Under the hood, the phone packs a 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM for speedy multitasking. It boasts 16GB of internal storage, which can be upped to 32GB via a MicroSD card slot. And despite its large size, the X1 is relatively light, with a sleek, attractive aluminum back.
It's not for everyone, but a phablet like the X1 could give business users an edge. Working on a smartphone with a small display forces you to make compromises. Hisense's huge phablet, on the other hand, could keep business users as productive as they would be on a full-size tablet.
For business users on a budget, the handset could help cut costs by eliminating the need to purchase a tablet on top of a smartphone. That would also make one less device you need to lug with you during your commute, or on your next business trip. Hisense hasn't yet announced a release date for the device, but it's due out this year.