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

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



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

12. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

41. reindeer_nation

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

20. uneedhelp

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 04, 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

24. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Real cool hairstyle he is sporting

44. oister85 unregistered

Htc and samsung are neck to neck


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

looks like some HTC

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

7. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

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

9. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

HTC thunderbolt

13. zrated

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

that was my first thought!

10. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It looks like the pebble blue s3 doesnt it?

11. Natko

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

That is htc Sensation!;)

27. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

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

30. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

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

51. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

14. SleepingOz unregistered

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

21. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks, I've fixed that now.

15. zrated

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

"...because the United States are another enemy of the South Korean state." error. should be "North Korean state".


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Dont' care!

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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??

19. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

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!

25. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 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.

26. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

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

28. fashion_m

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

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

29. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

It looks like HTC Sensation to me :)

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