North Korea’s newly launched tablet PC, called “Woolim,” is an import from the Chinese company Hoozo, a defector IT expert said on Tuesday in Seoul.
Kim Heung-kwang, the president of NK Intellectuals Solidarity, revealed that Woolim’s original model is Hoozo’s Z100, currently sold in for 1899 yuan ($289) on its website.
“Behind this tablet, there is Hoozo’s mark under the white sticker,” Kim said at the organization’s regular press conference.
Kim pointed out that North Korea’s previous tablet model “Ryonghung” is also imported from the Chinese company VIDO’s N70. He previously revealed that this contains the South Korean company SK Hynix’s mainboard RK3026.
“Woolim also used Hynix’s component. A Chinese company bought and used this,” Kim said.
The tablet included a variety of applications, mainly propaganda education materials, as well as a dictionary, card games and Talking Tom Cat.
“North Korea is very good at developing the applications,” Kim Cheol-wan, researcher at Korea Information Society Development Institute told NK News.
Installing the applications in Korean, Kim Heung-kwang said North Korea is earning lots of money by selling them. “For example, the Ryonghung’s main board is about $40 and North Korea sells it to the people for $260.”
Kim also revealed the advert for Woolim, with the Moranbong band’s song “Without a Break.”
It shows the tablet PC being used in a car, which is not allowed in South Korea for safety reasons.
The video commercial advertises clear screen quality any place, using High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) technology, which also interchangeable with the existing facilities.
It is also possible to read Rodong Sinmun by accessing the intranet via Wi-Fi has convenient after-sales service.
“In North Korea national certification through a special kind of USB is necessary, and for intranet this is called ‘Gwangmyeong.’ This wifi never works in South Korea,” Kim said.
He pointed out that North Korea has blocked non-certified video materials to prevent outside information.
“North Korea has instituted a new electric certificate. I tried to play a video but an ‘untrustworthy’ message popped up. Now we need to make a fake certificate (to distribute information) to North Korea.”
Featured Image: Woolim’s advert, video courtesy of NK Intellectuals Solidarity