Prepare yourselves for the year’s most exciting tech news: the Kim Jong-un approved, North Korean produced Arirang smartphone is due for general release (in North Korea).
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA):
Kim Jong Un looked round different places of the factory including assembling shop.
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.
He praised them for developing an application program in Korean style which provides the best convenience to the users while strictly guaranteeing security.
Kim also reportedly approved of the phone cameras, which he complimented for having “high pixels”.
As Daily NK points out, this is the first time the regime has offered “the Kim family stamp of approval” to phone ownership in North Korea. Koryolink, the nation’s sole 3G provider, has over two million subscribers.
Despite KCNA’s insistence that the devices are domestically produced, Tech in Asia suggests that the parts may actually be manufactured in China and only assembled in North Korea.