Octacore Hike X2 is the first phone to ship with Mediatek’s rival to NFC!

The octacore Hike X2 has now been listed and available to try at Hike stores across China and come equipped with Mediatek’s NFC rival “Hotknot”.

The latest phone from Hike gets all the bells and whistles which we expect from an early 2014 octacore phone including 2GB RAM, 32GB memory, 1920 x 1080 display, 5 mega-pixel camera and 13 mega-pixel rear, but also boast new technology from Taiwanese processor maker Mediatek.

Gizchina News of the week

The Hike X2 is the first smartphone to ship with Mediatek’s HotKnot system, a rival to NFC, which allows the transfer of data by touching the screens of compatible phones together. Of cause if you want to make use of the feature you will need to find another Hike X2 user for now, but plenty of other Chinese phone makers are likely to adopt the technology throughout the year.

Hike have also done a rather grand job of the design of the new X2 which feature very little in the way of bodywork above and below the screen and also has barrow bezels.

[ Source ]
Previous Dakele shows of the new macro feature on their soon to launch flagship phone
Next OnePlus confirms LTE for OnePlus One flagship phone


  1. Marco Abbate
    January 23, 2014

    5 inch ??

  2. fonix232
    January 23, 2014

    I do not see much future for the HotKnot at all – first of all, terrible name. Second, it is a proprietary technology, while NFC is open, well-defined, and used by most of the devices looking for short-range communication. NFC is also an ISO standard – and while MTK could go for standardization too, I don’t think they’ll give up the necessary technical documentation to have it done.

    Besides these points, it is a huge market problem – it brings further fragmentation. Even if it spreads, and say, 50% of all short-range communication enabled devices will get it, it screws up the current system. Smart tags now will have to have two different coils built in for both communication protocols, and half of the world will be incompatible with the other. This is a Catch-22 problem – if they copy too much of NFC, they’ll infringe the patents, and get the devices banned from most of the international market. But if they don’t, it won’t be compatible – and as NFC is already widespread, it will be quite a task to replace it.

    And if there weren’t enough points on why NOT to adopt this technology, here’s a last one: touch the SCREENS? The most fragile, only information-displaying part of the device? It is simply stupid. Use HotKnot 5-10 times, and you have a screen in worse condition than after two years spend in a pocket without any protection. I know that many people like the foils, cases, etc., but I’m one of those who like it pure and protect their devices. No foil for me, no case, no cover, nothing. Touching phones together by the screen? No thanks.

    • Sirian
      January 24, 2014

      Hotknot 2nd generation announcement:
      “Dear customers since the 1st generation Hotknot was too dangerous for too many devices, we chose to adopt a new form of knotting, you simply have to hump the receiving smartphone with your device, and the faster you hump the faster the transfer!”

  3. Allanitomwesh
    January 23, 2014

    That actually looks good,wow.

  4. erererr
    January 23, 2014

    nice bezel in the bottom

  5. benjah
    January 23, 2014

    very nice design, what’s the price?

    • burnt_52
      January 23, 2014

      I want to know this as well. I don’t care about Hot Knot but the rest of the specs look really good. At a decent price this could be an awesome phone!

  6. Pedro Miguel
    January 23, 2014

    We want infos about this phone. Full specs, price, release date, material quality. And true pics of phone. Andi, do it, man.

  7. Thomas Verelst
    January 28, 2014

    Looks like it’s not running Android?! Wil there be an Android version too? The bezels on the phone look really nice