In case you were expecting Samsung, HTC, LG, or Huawei to be the first to launch an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone, which is not part of the Google Nexus family, we have a surprise for you. The ZTE N880E is the first non-Nexus device to enter the currently small club of handsets, which boot Android 4.1 out of the box.
ZTE boast that the impressive feat has been accomplished thanks to the Chinese giant’s good relationship with Google, combined with the company’s “extensive R&D capabilities and our experience of customizing devices for partners around the world.” Regardless of the reasons though, we think it’s a remarkable event anyway you look at it.
In terms of specs, the ZTE N880E will hardly blow you away. Launched back in May with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board, the smartphone features a single-core Qualcomm CPU, clocked at 1GHz and 512MB of RAM. A 4″ WVGA display, 3.2MP camera, 4GB of expandable memory, and 1650mAh battery complete the highlights of the spec sheet. The measures of the N880E are 119mm x 61mm x 10.4mm, and its weight comes at 130 grams.