First smart phone made in North Korea revealed

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The AS1201 Arirang, allegedly made in North Korea

North Korea’s official state news agency KCNA on August 10 reported that the country has produced its first indigenous smart phone, the AS1201 Arirang, named after a popular folk song.

The agency claims that the phone has been produced at the “May 11 Factory” in Pyongyang, was entirely home-made, including the software applications, and is meant for mass production for North Korean customers.

“Kim Jong-un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army… 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,” KCNA wrote.

“He praised them for developing an application programme in Korean style which provides the best convenience to the users while strictly guaranteeing security,” it added.

The agency did not detail the precise specifications, but said that Kim Jong-un “learned about the performance of a touch hand phone and said that a hand phone is convenient for its user when that part of the phone is sensitive. He noted that these hand phones will be very convenient for their users as their camera function has high pixels”

It is to assume that the smartphone will be on sale for customers of Koryolink, the new mobile phone provider that has been set up by Egyptian company Orascom in North Korea in 2012 and claims to have already 2 million customers.

There have been suspicions that the phone is actually made by a Chinese firm on North Korea’s behalf. The hardware is using a stock Android operating system developed by Google. There are also claims that this might have something to do with Google founder Eric Schmidt’s visit to North Korea in January 2013.

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The AS1201 Arirang, allegedly made in North Korea

North Korea’s official state news agency KCNA on August 10 reported that the country has produced its first indigenous smart phone, the AS1201 Arirang, named after a popular folk song.

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Arirang phone
The AS1201 Arirang, allegedly made in North Korea

North Korea’s official state news agency KCNA on August 10 reported that the country has produced its first indigenous smart phone, the AS1201 Arirang, named after a popular folk song.

The agency claims that the phone has been produced at the “May 11 Factory” in Pyongyang, was entirely home-made, including the software applications, and is meant for mass production for North Korean customers.

“Kim Jong-un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army… 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,” KCNA wrote.

“He praised them for developing an application programme in Korean style which provides the best convenience to the users while strictly guaranteeing security,” it added.

The agency did not detail the precise specifications, but said that Kim Jong-un “learned about the performance of a touch hand phone and said that a hand phone is convenient for its user when that part of the phone is sensitive. He noted that these hand phones will be very convenient for their users as their camera function has high pixels”

It is to assume that the smartphone will be on sale for customers of Koryolink, the new mobile phone provider that has been set up by Egyptian company Orascom in North Korea in 2012 and claims to have already 2 million customers.

There have been suspicions that the phone is actually made by a Chinese firm on North Korea’s behalf. The hardware is using a stock Android operating system developed by Google. There are also claims that this might have something to do with Google founder Eric Schmidt’s visit to North Korea in January 2013.

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