North Korea media reveals new "home grown" smartphone

North Korea media reveals new
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



1. Thomas5.3

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

No kim jung un that's not for eating

2. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

Note III killer....

5. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Best comment of day :D

10. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 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: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

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

4. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 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?

6. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

can this make a call ?

7. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

This is no smartphone, it probably doesnt do what an Asha can do... Facebook, FourSquare, and even... Internet?

8. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

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

9. SportDriver

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Java phone with Android skin on it :P ?

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Who you gonna call?

15. RandomKindOfPerson

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Ghost Busters! :D

12. gaby1451

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

13. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

but can it play crysis?

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

looks like LG L series low-mid ranger.

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

north korea is funny

17. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

NO! It's a nuclear weapon in disguise!

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