September 21, 2023

North Korea reveals new smartphones, as Kim Jong Un uses likely Chinese model

NK News analysis suggests DPRK brands are importing components for devices, in apparent sanctions violation by Beijing

Domestic North Korean brands are behind several new smartphones that have recently appeared in citizens’ hands, according to NK News analysis of state media, while leader Kim Jong Un has started using a likely Chinese foldable phone.

The reveal of new models from the DPRK brands Samthaesong and Manmulsang provides the latest evidence that the domestic electronics industry has rebounded, after going dark early in the pandemic.