ZTE N880E front

Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release is now available on a select few Android handsets in the United States, and ZTE is making sure that smartphone users in China can also get their hands on it with a new smartphone called the ZTE N880E — which launches today.

The ZTE N880E is only the third smartphone worldwide to get Jelly Bean, following its release on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus shortly after the software's debut, and then on the Samsung Nexus S just last week. According to ZTE, the handset runs the "Google Experience" version Jelly Bean, which comes without third-party modifications.

ZTE's VP and CTO, Kan Yulun, says the company's relationship with Google helps it bring new technologies to the market so quickly:

ZTE has an excellent relationship with Google and this, combined with our extensive R&D capabilities and our experience of customising devices for partners around the world, means we are able to bring new technologies to market very quickly.

Technically, this isn't the first time the ZTE N880E has been launched. It first hit the market back in May and has since sold over 1 million units. ZTE is hoping, however, that the introduction of Jelly Bean will make the device even more appealing.

The N880E features a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage — expandable via microSD. It also boasts a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, a 1,650 mAh battery, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Whether the handset's price tag will change as a result of its new Jelly Bean OS is currently unclear.

[via The Next Web]