ZTE will be re-launching the N880E phone with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS onboard. The phone was originally made available last May. During that time, the device was introduced with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
According to the company, this re-launch effectively makes the device the first Android 4.1 phone released in China and the third globally. ZTE was quite speedy in getting the OS on the phone considering that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean had just been recently released and many popular devices still have not upgraded to the OS. ZTE cites its good relationship with Google along with research and development capabilities as two reasons why they have been able to achieve this feat. This achievement will help the company market their phone and enable it to stand out among the many Android phones today that are still running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich or even lower versions of the OS.
As for the specifications, however, the ZTE N880E is not very impressive. It packs a 4-inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its processor is the Qualcomm 7627A with a clock speed of 1GHz. The memory is 4GB while its camera has a 3.2-megapixel sensor and Auto Focus. The device tips the scale at 130 grams and has dimensions of 119 mm x 61 mm x 10.4 mm. Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n provide the connectivity options. When it was launched earlier this year, this phone was quite popular. ZTE reportedly sold more than a million units of the phone.
Android Jelly Bean should provide some nice enhancements on the device. Among the features of the OS are faster performance, support for more languages, enhanced notification builder, high-resolution contact images, Wi-Fi Direct Service Discovery, and a better Android browser.
ZTE is believed to be planning to launch more phones running on Android Jelly Bean. However, whether these will be re-launches like the ZTE N880E or entirely new models remains to be seen.