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Dagyum Ji is a senior NK News correspondent based in Seoul. She previously worked for Reuters TV.
North Korea has produced a new energy-efficient, “all-in-one” desktop computer, state-run media DPRK Today reported on Monday.
“This computer, which integrates the desktop and video display unit (monitor), is energy-saving and can work for more than 8-10 hours a day on average with a built-in battery,” the DPRK Today said.
DPRK Today said the computer, which is branded the “Ryu Song” (which means shooting star) could operate “smoothly even at a low voltage” and that its voltage stabilization system was “robust.”
All models have a 17-inch monitor but the performance of the central processing unit (CPU) and the capacity of the hard drive varies, from a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 160GB hard drive to a 4GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 500GB hard drive.
In spite of the similar design, the North Korean-produced computer has far lower specs compared to foreign competitors such as Apple.
DPRK Today said customers also receive a “USB keyboard and mouse and external DVD drive” after purchasing the computer, which has “received plaudits” from locals.
DPRK Today also recently reported on the launch of a new range of laptops by the Phurun Hanul Corporation (Phurun Hanul Electronics JV Co., LTD).
The electronics company has reportedly manufactured “a variety” of all-in-one PCs, DPRK Today reported on July 16.
An advertisement released by DPRK Today on June 5 showed the all-in-one desktop computer was equipped with fourth generation CPU and has low power consumption, and reported another advantage of the product is its ability to “directly use 12 voltage battery for family use.”
Phurun Hanul Corporation also produced various product lines including two different laptops with detachable keyboards named the “Phurun Hanul type 1 (1 Hyong) and type 2 (2 Hyong).”
DPRK Today reported that users can utilize “almost all the common application programs” and that the detachable computer can be used as a tablet because “touchscreen functionality is superior.”
“It is a high-performance computer which is equipped with 5th-generation Central Processing Unit (CPU) for the first time in the country and is highly durable,” said the advert.
DPRK Today added the capacity of the battery is “very large” and it can be used “continuously up to 8 hours.”
The electronics company has also manufactured an 8GB USB flash drive inside a pen and a stylus for use with the tablet.
The report also said that the “multifunctional memory with a unique appearance has a high speed in reading and writing.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
Featured image: NK News