Unless you've been buying your Android gadgets exclusively from Google's Play store, chances to get your hands on the latest iteration of its mobile OS are still pretty rare. Color us surprised, then, when ZTE announce that one of its humbler handsets from last year is making the leap from Android 2.3 all the way to version 4.1. The China-only N880E appears to be only the third smartphone to launch with the buttery smooth Android trimmings, spread across a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display. The smartphone holds onto the four off-screen capacitive Android keys and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. ZTE is still keeping quiet on whether the phone will appear outside of China -- and is similarly schtum on its upgrade plans for the other smartphones.
ZTE Launches the N880E Smartphone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in China
ZTE N880E among the world's first Android 4.1 handsets
23 July 2012, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and mobile devices, has launched its first Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) handset in China just one week after the release of the official version of the mobile device operating system.
The ZTE N880E smartphone runs the Google Experience version of Jelly Bean and is the first Android 4.1 smartphone launched in China and the third in the world. Other ZTE handsets will be launched soon with Android 4.1.
"ZTE has an excellent relationship with Google and this, combined with our extensive R&D capabilities and our experience of customising devices for partners around the world, means we are able to bring new technologies to market very quickly," said Mr. Kan Yulun, Vice President and CTO of the Handset Division, ZTE. "Our aim is to provide the best quality customer experience for the best value, and the N880E is a great example of this."
The ZTE N880E smartphone has a 4.0-inch capacitive WVGA touchscreen, with a 1GHz Qualcomm 7627A processor, 4GB of memory and a 3.2MP AF camera. It is an ultra-slim device with just 10.4mm in thickness.
The ZTE N880E was originally launched in May 2012 running Android 2.3 and has already sold more than one million units.
Version 4.1 of the Android mobile device operating system was released on July 13 and offers improved performance and responsiveness, with new features such as expandable notifications and Google Now.
ZTE N880E Specifications – China market
Size 119mm x 61mm x 10.4mm
Screen 4.0-inch, WVGA, 480 x 800 TFT, capacitive touchscreen
Battery Li-ion 1650mAh
Standard CDMA2000 1x, EVDO Rev.A, 800MHz
OS Android 4.1.1
Platform Qualcomm 7627A
Memory 4GB + 512MB
Extended memory MicroSD (max. support 32G)
Camera 3.2MP AF
Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP, AVRCP
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
Other GPS, GMS, FM, A-GPS