Believe it or not, the “Arirang” is touted as the first North Korean-made smartphone. Subscribers using the smartphone an connected to the country’s sole cell phone system provider, Koryolink, can call each other, but not outside the country. Continue reading for more pictures.

KCNA photos of the factory visit show workers with the finished phones, inspecting, testing and packing them. There are no pictures of an actual assembly line.

“Despite KCNA’s reporting that the handsets are made at the factory, they are probably made to order by a Chinese manufacturer and shipped to the factory where they are inspected before going on sale,” said Martyn Williams, who runs the North Korea Tech website.


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