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ZTE is the first Chinese smartphone manufacturer to roll out a handset powered by Android 4.2

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ZTE is the first Chinese smartphone manufacturer to roll out a handset powered by Android 4.2
Android 4.2 is now on the ZTE N880E

Android 4.2 is now on the ZTE N880E

Ask someone to name the top four smartphone manufacturers globally, and they might guess Samsung, Apple, Nokia and HTC. Yes, that would sound right except that number four is, believe it or not, Chinese manufacturer ZTE. Recently, the company was linked to a possible espionage claim leveled against it by The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. ZTE is now also famous for something else as it has become the first Chinese smartphone manufacturer to roll out a handset powered by Android 4.2, which was introduced by Google at the end of last month.

The handset that is loaded with Android 4.2 is the ZTE N880E. The device was originally released in May, and in July it became the first ZTE model to run Android 4.1. Now, with the installation of Android 4.2 on the handset, the mid-range model is the first phone available from a Chinese manufacturer to be powered by the latest Android OS build. The ZTE N880E has sold over 1 million units since launch and even though it is now powered by Android 4.2, it is not among the OEM's top-shelf models.

The ZTE N880E offers a 4 inch, WVGA display with a 1GHz Qualcomm 7627A processor and 512MB of RAM on board. 4GB of native storage can be expanded to 36GB using the microSD slot. A 3.2MB camera is on back and a 1650mAh battery keeps the lights on. Considering the popularity of the model, ZTE felt it would be easier to get a Jelly Bean phone to market by relaunching the ZTE N880E with Android 4.1.1 during the summer. Thanks to the installation of Android 4.2, the ZTE N880E is equipped with a number of new features such as a Swype-type virtual QWERTY option, Quick Settings and an improved Google Now, to name a few.

"ZTE will introduce more models on Android 4.2 in the future, and will continue to make improvements to equipment performance and stability, ensuring that our handsets meet with the high expectations of today’s consumers."-He Shiyou, Executive VP, ZTE

source: ZTE via UnwiredView

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posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:13 3

1. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


ZTE makes rather solid devices, anyone who has used a low range ZTE blade can bear me witness.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 10:29

27. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


So exactly, what r the top 4 smartphone manufacturers now?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:13 2

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


Thumb up for ZTE, HTC and SS are still struggling with 4.1 updates for their TOP phones, HTC said they would only upgrade phones with more than 1G of RAM.

ZTE has shown to all Android OEMs a great way to do business.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:36 4

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 986; Member since: 07 May 2012)


its because sense uses a lot of ram and pure android uses less, hence 512 is enough for stock

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:01 1

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


1 more reason for HTC to drop Sense or make it lighter.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:31 4

11. darkskoliro (Posts: 986; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Sense in my opinion is absolutely brilliant and gives me way more eye candy than stock

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:01

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think that's tradeoff and there are many more people like Sense, but I guess the resource eating side of Sense is 1 of main reasons that make One X lose the war to GS3.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 15:26

28. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


HTC still only put 1GB of RAM in the newer One X+... -_- They could've put in 2GB RAM to make the One X+ more of a competition amongst the SGS III, Optimus G, and even the Galaxy Note II....

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:00

15. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


because zte use stock android, SS and HTC need to modify the android to add their feature, thats why they need more time,
aosp and CyanogenMod like another OEM they need time to modify stock android

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:17

3. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)


"The ZTE N880E offers a 4 inch, WVGA display with a 1GHz Qualcomm 7627A processor and 512MB of RAM on board"
whereas xperia arc s has 1.4 Ghz but not updated to Jelly bean
ZTE is better than Sony .

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:35

6. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


That too an ARM Cortex A5 CPU with Adreno 200 GPU on the ZTE device.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:01

16. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


blame the new Sony Mobile CEO,

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:07 1

18. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I feel you bro. ,.i,,

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 07:56 1

25. yowanvista (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Blame Sony's poor development, the Kernel used in their ICS-updated 2011 devices were just the old 2.6.x gingerbread kernels which they managed to port to ICS with few modifications, but they couldn't do the same thing for JB since they would run into vsync and hwcomposer problems. They should have ported at least Kernel 3.0.52 but that would require a lot of resources and time not to mention that those devices were already obsolete by this time.

Usable RAM is also a problem on MSM8255T chipsets, only around 352MB is usable out of 512MB since the kernel and hardware features like the GPU and camera will take up some RAM leaving the system with a far lower amount of usable RAM, that would clutter the multitasking experience.

Sony had to phase out old devices in order to introduce their newer lineup, makes sense.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:19 4

4. angelesmec (unregistered)


Please correct the 3.2MB camera.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:33

5. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


dang it, Samsung faster release the 4.2 update for the Galaxy Note II or Galaxy S III

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:38 3

8. darkskoliro (Posts: 986; Member since: 07 May 2012)


ZTE released the pure android experience, putting a touchwiz over it takes time especially with all of ss' features

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:55

9. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i think for the 4.2 update Samsung will be using an all new touchwiz skin presumably the one coming with the S4

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:07 1

19. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


samsung only update frequently the 4 flagships (note,note2,s2,s3)

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:34 1

12. supersammyfans (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Anything other than Sammy phones is a piece of s**t

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:29

14. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


We get you supersammyfans

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:09

20. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


We wont be flame bated by you. sheesh.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:40 1

13. fnakhi (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


The likes of Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and the rest of the lot needs to learn from ZTE.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 04:36

21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2132; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


That's not the 4.2 clock, probably not the 4.2 lockscreen.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 06:28

23. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


It's an old screen shot from the previous article, please understand

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 04:44

22. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Just goes to show you dont need top end specs to run 4.2. Up yours htc, samsung...

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 06:31

24. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


everyone needs to understand that it's a stock android. it's in the nexus level so it's fast to update.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:25

26. ronjr123 (Posts: 60; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Just because they can put the latest software on it, doesn't mean they should. I am sure the user experience is one that most of us would hate.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:49

29. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


the only reason why ZTE surpasses the likes of nokia and HTC its because they partner with other small mobile maker... coz it is said that the phones in india (karbonn and micromax to be exact) are ZTE and Huawei... they manufactured it (just like nexus---samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS manufactures it for google's part) but not made by these companies! and phone companies in my place,Philippines, rebrand the micromax or karbonn phones...

coz when you ask anyone if they know ZTE or Huawei, they dont know! but they are actually using it (in the means of pocket wifi, broadband stick etc.) and some carrier rebrand these phones for their cheap line ups (like t-mobile mytouch series, and in my place, the netphone and cloudfone)

so for me, the biggest player in mobile space are Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, Apple, LG,Motorola and Sony..... coz they have the biggest name in this space!

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 08:55

30. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


"The ZTE N880E offers a 4 inch, WVGA display with a 1GHz Qualcomm 7627A processor and 512MB of RAM on board. 4GB of native storage can be expanded to 36GB using the microSD slot. A 3.2MB camera is on back and a 1650mAh battery keeps the lights on"

So, these guys can JB 4.2 on this phone and other companies refuse. Thanks to XDA and CM my captivate - a much better phone than this ZTE one - has JB 4.2.

Kudos to ZTE!!

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