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North Korea media reveals new "home grown" smartphone

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Named after a popular Korean folk song, North Korea unveiled its "AS1201 Arirang" which is a smartphone that the propaganda factory in the country says is built using "indigenous technology." Considering that the Android OS is seen on the phone, we wonder just how home grown this device is. There is some speculation that the actual device is manufactured in China and then boxed in North Korea.

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.


source: NorthKoreaTech, SkyNews via AndroidCentral

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posted on 12 Aug 2013, 13:18 7

1. Thomas5.3 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


No kim jung un that's not for eating

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 13:24 18

2. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Note III killer....

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 14:32 4

5. sswain (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Best comment of day :D

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 17:11

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

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 13:45

3. khmer (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


A low quality budget phone and low spec. May be a low cost MediaTek processor. Made in China.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 13:56 2

4. ibap (Posts: 693; 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?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 14:58 3

6. turk_az (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 May 2012)


can this make a call ?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 15:08 1

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?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 15:27 1

8. Penny (Posts: 1138; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Looks to be based on Android...quick, somebody hack it and disseminate the real internet!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 15:34

9. SportDriver (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Java phone with Android skin on it :P ?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 17:20 1

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Who you gonna call?

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 05:06 1

15. RandomKindOfPerson (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Ghost Busters! :D

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 20:13 1

12. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I bet it is so bloated with spyware... And you thought the NSA could tap into your phone.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 23:46 1

13. gazmatic (Posts: 603; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


but can it play crysis?

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 02:56

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2599; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


looks like LG L series low-mid ranger.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 08:11

16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


north korea is funny

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 21:15

17. scsa852k (Posts: 289; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


NO! It's a nuclear weapon in disguise!

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