June 05, 2023

More new smartphone designs appear in North Korea in sign of trade rebound

State media footage also suggests Kim Yo Jong and other Kim family members use imported smartphone models

Three new smartphone designs have recently appeared in the hands of Pyongyang residents, NK News has found through analysis of state media, in the latest indication of sanctions breaches and a rebounding domestic tech market despite pandemic-related trade restrictions.

All three models feature square-shaped multi-camera housings in the upper-middle area of the back, resembling models made by top Chinese phone makers such as Xiaomi and Huawei and released between 2018 and 2021.