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Kim Jong-Un's mysterious phone: not a Samsung, but what is it?

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Image courtesy of AFP/Getty Images

Image courtesy of AFP/Getty Images


North Korea’s beloved ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-Un, believed to be a 20 something man, has taken over the task of heading the world’s most secretive state, but a recent picture released by North Korea’s media showed Kim at a meeting and a touchscreen handset was spotted right next to him. If the logical guess that this is his telephone, then the North Korean dictator is obviously not indifferent to modern technology.

Kim was shown presiding a meeting with a lit cigarette in his hand, but it was the dark mysterious device right next to him that raised the most questions.

"It's believed that the smartphone belonged to Kim given that the device was placed right next to the documents he was looking at," a South Korean official commented for news agency Agence France-Presse.

Could it be a Samsung phone, an iPhone, or something else? It’s hard to say - it’s actually easy to dress up a phone in a cover to mask it up as anything, but if we assume that it’s not in a case, then we can try and spot which phone it looks like.

We do however have Samsung’s denial. The company says not a single Samsung device has made it into North Korea. That’s easy to explain - the North views the South as its biggest rival, and if the ‘Supreme Leader’ would use a Samsung that would tacitly admit the South’s privileged position.

"It's not a Samsung phone," a Samsung official was concise and clear.

It’s hard to believe that’s an iPhone either. First, because it doesn’t look like one, and second - because the United States are another enemy of the North Korean state.

HTC on the other hand is one possible candidate to have manufactured the device. It has not explicitly confirmed, but said it is happy for the "support of all users".

It’s also possible that Kim Jong-Un is using a device made in China that is not widely popular. What do you think?

source: The Telegraph

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posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:47 3

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


If it's made in China, then definitely the ZTE if you ask me... And who want that sluggish HTC anyway? Lol

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:53 26

3. lyndon420 (Posts: 1786; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Thought you liked htc. You are always all over the place with your opinions...its like a dart board or magic 8 ball makes your decisions of the day.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:02 2

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


HTC nowaday are so plasticky, and I don't think a true leader will grab a non premium device...

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:36

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


I believe it's a Motorola smartphone b cuz on the larger image of the phone, I happened to c a Silver lining on the top and all Motorola phones have this feature.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:18 5

22. MikeG77 (Posts: 373; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Wendy i hope your not implying that Kim Jong-Un is a true leader? Neither his grandfather or father were true leaders seeing as they are dictators. The Gov't is to busy talking about destroying the South and America rather than improving the life of there citizens instead there building rockets.....

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:52 8

23. Mittal (Posts: 448; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


HTC ?? Plasticky ????

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 11:26 3

32. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


After watching catfish Wendy may be a guy. Never trust the Internet.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 15:15 1

39. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


there are no girls on the internet(internet rule 37)

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 12:55

34. JDogg5281 (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I was under the impression she was an ifan

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:13 4

12. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


''...And who want that sluggish HTC anyway? Lol'' you have htc onex haven't you ?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 16:09

41. reindeer_nation (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


htc isn't sluggish! Well in some they are.. but not all!!

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:04 3

20. uneedhelp (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


sluggish htc lol have u owned one lately?not sluggish at all in fact they are making the best devices on the market lol that's funny

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:53 2

24. Mittal (Posts: 448; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Real cool hairstyle he is sporting

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 18:35

44. oister85 (Posts: 410; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Htc and samsung are neck to neck

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 21:26

49. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol when are you all going to learn of Wendy's trolling ways? She/He is going to troll everything.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:50

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Perhaps an unique model protected from spying. We know how such dictators are paranoid. :)

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:57 1

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


or maybe it has a unique version of angry birds where the birds are replaced with 20kt warheads

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:54 4

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


looks like some HTC

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 07:56 2

5. tango_charlie (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


He is one of the few lucky ones grabbing a Nexus 4, but 'cause he fears the envy of his beloved followers he masked his device. It's just that simple guys.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:01 2

7. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


HTC Inspire LOL
Oh well, still as good as the iPhone4s
(You thought I was gonna say the iPhone5, Didn't you?)

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:07 4

9. toiletcleaner (Posts: 213; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


HTC thunderbolt

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:23

13. zrated (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


that was my first thought!

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:10

10. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


It looks like the pebble blue s3 doesnt it?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:12 8

11. Natko (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)


That is htc Sensation!;)

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:37 1

27. lallolu (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


I believe it is. I have one so I know.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 11:06

30. ojdidit84 (Posts: 418; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Yeah, the Sensation was the first phone that came to mind looking at that picture.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 01:04

51. Doakie (Posts: 1330; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I agree. Looking at it I thought it looked like a Sensation too. I also used to have one so I'm familiar with it from different angles.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:25 4

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"because the United States are another enemy of the South Korean state."
Victor it's North Korean state..

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 09:12 1

21. Victor.H (Posts: 462; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks, I've fixed that now.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:25 2

15. zrated (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


"...because the United States are another enemy of the South Korean state."

error. should be "North Korean state".

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:43 3

17. SIGPRO (Posts: 508; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Dont' care!

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:48

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Okay, here it is... It's a Samsung for South Koreans
iPhone for Americans
Nokia for Indians
Motorola for the Japanese
LG for the North Koreans
HTC for the South-East Asians
Sony for the Europeans...
Enough??

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 08:51

19. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)


Phandroid says it's an HTC Butterflly

http://phandroid.com/2013/02/05/kim-jong-un-htc-butterfly/

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 15:22

40. hepresearch (unregistered)


Nope... I disagree. HTC may be desperate, but they are still from Taiwan, and Taiwan, as we all know, is a thorn in China's side, and is protected by North Korea's great 'enemy', the US of A. Not only that, but I don't think that is quite a 5" screen on that phone, and the HTC Butterfly has straight edges, which this mystery phone does not (see the scalloped slopes of the ends of the phone?). There is a 3.5mm port at the top of this phone, and I see no branding immediately apparent (though it is hard to tell exactly). I suspect that this device is not the HTC Butterfly, but is, in fact, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE... made in, perhaps, their only friend among the nations, China!

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:34 3

25. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


it's a Nokia 3310 dressed as a touchphone. NoKor closed its doors from the world and they know nothing about touchphones. This is only a bluff to show that they are hi-tech.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:36 2

26. lallolu (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


It looks like HTC sensation. I have one it looks exactly like it

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:50 3

28. fashion_m (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


It has rounded top and bottom and it looks like 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia models.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:57 1

29. rizevnarastek (Posts: 332; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


It looks like HTC Sensation to me :)

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 11:26 1

31. zaiful75 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


I think its the xperia neo L

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 12:45

33. cripton805 (Posts: 997; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


They really need to feed their people a little more by the looks of the phone, chair, cigarrette, and table.

Why don't they let their people leave at least? Oh yeah, cuz nobody would want to live there o_0

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 13:24

35. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Looks like a Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 13:43

36. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


It's an HTC according to some S Korean and Taiwan newspaper, and seems like everyone is guessing that it's the Sensation.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 14:31

37. Razorback556 (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


amaze w/extended battery?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 17:48

42. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I read on PHANDROID it may be a HTC BUTTERFLY but how can u tell at a small picture? and who cares bout this DICTACTOR

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 18:21

43. Cannabis (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


looks like a HTC Sensation from here..

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 19:06 1

45. Not_Amused321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Whatever kind of phone, I'd be more than glad to use it as a warhead strapped to a missile and launch it up his ass.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 20:34

46. a_tumiwa (Posts: 301; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


anyone know how many phone with curve back-body design?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 21:02

47. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Who cares what brand he prefers? Only one thing's for sure: it's nuclear-proof. LOL

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 21:17

48. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


The real question: Who the hell cares?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 21:44

50. joey18 (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


maybe they are planing to clone the iphone 5s using the blackberry z10

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 03:37 1

52. alycheema (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


seems like a sony to me...

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 07:24

53. ryq24 (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


a chinese phone. either hwawei or zte .

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 07:41

54. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Could be a curvy XPERIA!

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:54

55. b1acktiger (Posts: 210; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Finally i'm unveiling the curtains, its a Taiwanese made HTC !

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 09:09

56. jameshoe (unregistered)


i am sure north korea leader will not using south korea product

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