Considering that the phone sold more than 1 million units, the top brass at ZTE felt that it could get an Android 4.1.1 model to market in China faster by relaunching such a popular handset like the ZTE N880E and replacing Gingerbread with Jelly Bean instead of developing a whole new model for the occasion. The only problem is that this decision didn't give ZTE the opportunity to raise the quality of the other specs on the unit.
Running stock Jelly Bean, the manufacturer says that the ZTE N880E is the first handset in China to run Jelly Bean and just the third in the world. ZTE says it will be launching more phones with Android 4.1.1 running the show, although it's not clear if the company is referring to new models or relaunched handsets like the ZTE N880E. No pricing for the Android 4.1.1 version of the ZTE N880E was disclosed.