North Korea media reveals new "home grown" smartphone
Dennis Rodman's good friend Kim Jong-un was recently photographed at a "cell phone factory" and according to the KCNA, the country's supreme leader talked about the "patriotic enthusiasm with which the officials and employees of the factory laid a solid foundation for mass-producing hand phones by building a new modern hand phone production process."
Considering that North Koreans are prohibited from using the Internet, we're not sure who will get to own the device. Perhaps internet connectivity is disabled on the unit. And while no specs were released, we are told that the camera on the device offers "high pixels".
You might recall that as recently as June, we told you more information about the Achim tablet which runs on an older version of Android and is pre-loaded with books used by students in North Korean schools.
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source: NorthKoreaTech, SkyNews via AndroidCentral
10. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Wait till Apple hears about this; Coming soon, North Korean prison camp iPhone factory... Just when you thought labor couldn't get any cheaper. lol
3. khmer (Posts: 88; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
A low quality budget phone and low spec. May be a low cost MediaTek processor. Made in China.
4. ibap (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
I like the idea that they've got tablets with school books on them. Can the government revise the history and political content on the fly?
7. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
This is no smartphone, it probably doesnt do what an Asha can do... Facebook, FourSquare, and even... Internet?
8. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Looks to be based on Android...quick, somebody hack it and disseminate the real internet!
12. gaby1451 (Posts: 111; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I bet it is so bloated with spyware... And you thought the NSA could tap into your phone.
14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2099; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
looks like LG L series low-mid ranger.