Kim Jong-Un's mysterious phone: not a Samsung, but what is it?
posted by Victor H. / Feb 05, 2013, 7:45 AM
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
If it's made in China, then definitely the ZTE if you ask me... And who want that sluggish HTC anyway? Lol
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 7:47 AM 3
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''...And who want that sluggish HTC anyway? Lol'' you have htc onex haven't you ?
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 8:13 AM 4
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Perhaps an unique model protected from spying. We know how such dictators are paranoid. :)
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 7:50 AM 0
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That is htc Sensation!;)
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 8:12 AM 8
"because the United States are another enemy of the South Korean state." Victor it's North Korean state..
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 8:25 AM 4
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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 Feb 05, 2013, 8:48 AM 0
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Phandroid says it's an HTC Butterflly http://phandroid.com/2013/02/0
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 8:51 AM 0
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 Feb 05, 2013, 3:22 PM 0
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