ZTE N880E Gets The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update

Earlier this month, Google released the much-awaited Nexus 4 smartphone in the US. It is the first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Now, ZTE became the first Chinese vendor to launch an Android smartphone with Android 4.2 OS. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has recently started rolling out latest version of the Android OS to its mid-range ZTE N880E smartphone.

I’m sure most of you might have never heard of this smartphone. The ZTE N880E was originally launched in May this year. It was one of the first handsets to run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This handset comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory and so on.

Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Terminal Division, said,
“This announcement highlights ZTE’s long standing strategic relationship with Google and ZTEs determination to provide consumers with cutting-edge technology and the best smartphone experience. 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.”

The latest update brings the usual Android 4.2 Jelly Bean goodies, including the Photo Sphere camera functionality, Gesture Typing, notification quick controls, improved search capabilities through Google Now and more. We hope other manufacturers should take a lesson and update their smartphones as soon as possible.

Meizu MX Unveiled; Packs a 1.4GHz Exynos 4210 SoC

Meizu, a company popularly known for releasing phones which look like an iPhone clone, has released its new flagship phone the Meizu’s MX. The MX sports a 4-inch ASV display with qHD (640×960) resolution. It is powered by the Exynos 4210 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, which is a beast in every right!

Other than this, there is also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory, a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, MHL port, S/PDIF out, Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB host capabilities, GPS with A-GPS, and a bunch of sensors.


At the back of this chinese handset is an 8MP F2.2 backside-illuminated sensor, which is capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. There is also a measly 0.3MP camera in the front for video-calling.   The MX also features a Meizu only innovation, the situation-aware bottom light keys. Support for DivX, Xvid, MKV, MP4 and AVI videos along with FLAC audio support is also baked right into the OS.

The Meizu MX runs on a heavily customized version of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, dubbed as Flyme OS by the company. The company has promised that the MX will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update next year as well. The MX will hit the retail stores on January 1 for ¥2,999 ($470). Thankfully, the handset has a pentaband 3G radio, which means users won’t need to bother about network compatibility issues with their phones when they fly international.

I must say these Chinese handset manufacturers have come a long way since making cheap iPhone replicas.