North Korea unveils 'indigenous' Android smartphone
| by Anujeet Majumdar |
North Korea has been trying to keep apace with the rest of the world, technologically speaking at least. After announcing the first tablet, reports are now coming in that the country is manufacturing its own smartphone, named Arirang. The name of the new smartphone reportedly draws inspiration from a famous North Korean folk song.
The smartphone project saw supreme leader Kim Jong-un touring a "factory", where he inspected the phone, according to the communist state’s KCNA news agency. While talking about this, the report stated that, “He learned in detail about the performance, quality and packing of "Arirang" hand phone being made at this factory. He highly appreciated the creative ingenuity and 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.” The report also states that the phone is being producing using “indigenous technology”.
While there is no official word on the specifications of the handset yet, the KCNA reported the North Korean leader as saying "that these hand phones will be very convenient for their users as their camera function has high pixels." The report also said that the factory, named May 11, has "laid a solid foundation" for mass producing the phones.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at smartphone manufacturing factory (Image credit: KNA)
The discrepancies begin rising due to the face that no manufacturing is seen in the released photographs. According to the North Korea Tech, it is estimated that China may be manufacturing the Arirang smartphone before shipping the same for final inspection.
The new smartphone will most likely be distributed within North Korea. The country is known for its secretive nature where access to the World Wide Web is banned and much of the populace suffers from poverty. While there is a 3G network reported in the country, North Koreans are only allowed to make inter-country phone calls and prohibited from making calls abroad or to foreigners, according to Android Central. Furthermore, there are reports of even basic mobile phones being very expensive. Currently, China’s Huawei supplies to the North Korean market.
Tags: North Korean indigenous smartphone , North Korea Android smartphone , North Korea Arirang smartphone , China possibly manufacturing Arirang , North Korean leader Kim Jong-un , Kim Jong-un tours factory , Kim Jong-un May 11 factory visit
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