North Korea's first smartphone
August 14 , 2013
North Korea is known for not letting its' citizens get full access to the Internet but the first smartphone in the country could mean a more open society.
According to Kim Jong-un, this step could "instill national pride and self respect into the Korean people." The leader praised the camera and touchscreen of the Arirang handset.
However, many say that it is possible the smartphones have been manufactured in China and only assembled in North Korea. It is also possible that the devices are fully assembled elsewhere and only packed in the factory in North Korea.
Since data services continue to be illegal in the region, it is unclear as to how these smartphones will be any different from regular cellphones.