Phones worthy of Chuck Norris: harsh devices from North Korea

Let’s say fate decreed that you were born and raised in North Korea. You don’t even think about escaping to your southern advanced brethren, but you build capitalism according to all the precepts of Juche.

But you want to live no worse than in other countries, right? At a minimum, carry a phone with you and be in touch. Better yet, share funny photos with loved ones in instant messengers or send videos with cats.

Anyway, North Koreans have smartphones. It is impossible to say whether this miracle of technology is available to everyone, but they really produce phones there. as it is sometimes done here.

Smartphones in North Korea are initially flashed in such a way as to comply with state censorship, and so that each user has his own comrade major behind the screen.

In general, the first mobile phones appeared in the DPRK relatively long ago – back in 2002, but very soon, in 2004, they were banned and became available only to the most privileged segments of the population. All because of the ability to call abroad, which was technically impossible to limit.

Four years later, the ban was lifted, and the country began cooperation on smartphones with … the Egyptian company Orascom Telecom Holding, which was among the first to have the right to install towers in the country and transmit a signal. At the same time, the project, which was named Koryolink, is simultaneously controlled by the Egyptians and the state corporation of Post and Telecommunications of Korea.

Currently, every citizen of the Land of Morning Calm can buy and use a mobile phone. And after Kim Jong-un came to power, there was a serious leap in the development of technology. Among other things, the number of users of smartphones and mobile communications has also grown – now they are more than 60% in Pyongyang.

At the same time, citizens of the country cannot call abroad, even if their acquaintances or relatives, and you won’t be able to receive calls either.

You can only access the Internet in the local (Kwangmyeon, 5-6 thousand sites), only the highest persons have access to the global network countries.

Foreign smartphones are not officially imported into the country, they can only be bought from black marketers who import goods from China into the country (it’s no secret that many North Koreans work on shifts in China).

At the same time, there are still smartphones here. They are assembled at local factories, although engineering and technical solutions are often borrowed from the Chinese.

In particular, the country has an Arirang smartphone. Previously, when it was considered a premium phone, it had only one SIM card slot, 4 gigabytes of internal memory and a microSD slot. Wi-Fi is not provided in any local phone.

Android 4.4.2 was installed inside, which has undergone many changes by Korean specialists. Of course, to control the citizens. And it also has its own application market, where you can even download some Western games – the same Angry Birds. Moreover, many of them are pre-installed.

There are no social networks in Korea, and banking applications, navigators and taxi aggregators are even more so. Although taxi aggregators are not available to all residents of Europe, let alone one of the most closed countries in the world.

But the phone has an internal messenger, which, of course, is controlled by the authorities. Also, the application of the official newspaper of the Labor Party is preinstalled, and it cannot be deleted.

Besides, if you want to insert a SIM card from another country, the device will simply refuse to work.

At the same time, it is possible to connect the phone to the computer using a USB cable, but nothing can be downloaded to the smartphone. Although the files are downloaded, they simply disappear when opened on the phone.

Also, which is significant, the phone is compatible with the Huawei fitness tracker, and the application is preinstalled on the phone. Moreover, as eyewitnesses say, many residents of the North Korean capital have such bracelets.

All this pleasure is very expensive even by the standards of the West – you will have to pay about $ 500 for such a phone. The smartphone is assembled at the electronics factory named after May 11.

But the budget analogue, available to everyone in general, is the Pyongyang 2404, which is actually a clone of the ZTE 808 and costs only about $20.

The characteristics of the smartphone are absolutely the same, but Korean specialists are engaged in the assembly.

In 2020, Korea also announced that the country will develop a Kindalai 7 smartphone. Yes, not just anyone said, but Kim Jong-un himself.

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Uniqueness smartphone is that it has “the most advanced biometric recognition technology based on voice, fingerprints and facial features.”

In other words, the phone has the most common fingerprint sensor, located on the back of the phone, and the camera has built-in face recognition for unlocking.

Also, the phone has a built-in voice assistant that recognizes commands, and also helps to enter text by voice.

In addition, North Korean media claimed that the smartphone will have its own operating system. Most likely, we will talk about the next Android firmware with North Korean features. It is still unknown what characteristics the smartphone has, since no one can tell about it. But, most likely, the smartphone is budgetary.

There is also a “North Korean iPhone” Jindallae 3 in the country. Outwardly, it resembles the seventh version of an apple phone, but very little is known about its characteristics.

By the way, people who still have the opportunity to travel abroad bring foreign smartphones to Korea. Among them are Chinese devices, and the iPhone, and even the hostile Samsung. But they work, again, exclusively with the North Korean version of the Internet – you won’t be able to exit to the other, if you don’t have privileges.

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