ZTE unveils entry level Jelly Bean smartphone in China

ZTE has announced the re-launch of the first entry level smartphone with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, the N880E, just one week after the release of the official version of the mobile operating system from Google.

The smartphone - which sports a design reminiscent of some HTC smartphones - was originally launched back in May 2012 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and more than one million units have been shipped. ZTE has also confirmed that other ZTE handsets will soon launch with Android 4.1 but didn't say when that would happen, or whether existing handsets will receive an OTA update to Google's latest OS.

The smartphone features a 4in WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, a single core Qualcomm MSM7627A processor clocked at 1GHz with an Adreno 200 GPU (similar to the MSM8255), 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 1650mAh battery, a 3.2-megapixel camera and is only 10.4mm thick.

On the face of it, the handset is not miles away from the Orange San Francisco II, which has a smaller screen and a slower processor, but a better camera and currently runs on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.