Aug. 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM ET
North Korea has itself an allegedly home-grown "hand phone," one that's making the first chairman proud.
According to North Korea's own Korean Central News Agency, the phone, called "Arirang," runs a version of Android. Photographs of the phone reveal a back-facing camera, one that "has high pixels," according to the press release.
KCNA reports that Kim Jong Un toured the May 11 Factory and "highly appreciated the creative ingenuity and patriotic enthusiasm" behind the new devices.
Photographs of the event show the North Korean leader sitting at a table stacked high with new, boxed phones.
While news reports claim the phone has been manufactured at this facility, numerous blogs guess that it's more likely that the phones, like Apple's iPhones and countless Android devices, are made in China and merely boxed locally.
Even if the people of the republic did line up round the block to buy themselves a new device, it's a puzzle what they'll be able to do with them, as Internet access in Korea is restricted to a handful of government and military leaders.
Recently, the country began allowing foreign visitors to bring in their smartphones, but after one, golden, 3G-enabled month, those were barred from accessing the Internet as well.
Some speculate that the phone would be equipped with spyware to enable the nation to better track its citizens.
Specs of the new North Korean phone weren't provided, but descriptions were. Here's how Apple and North Korea describe their prized devices, respectively, in their marketing materials:
On the operating system:
On the touch screen:
On the camera:
On popular demand: