Arirang (smartphone)

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Manufacturer North Korea
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
Operating system Android
Data inputs Multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen
Push buttons

Arirang is a smartphone announced by North Korea on 10 August 2013.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's state news agency, reported the phone is produced entirely within North Korea, utilising a touch screen and camera with "high pixels."[1] The phone appears to run a derivative of the Android operating system. Technology analysts have expressed skepticism, commenting that the phone may actually be produced in China, and then inspected or completed in North Korea.[2][3] Kim Jong Un has expressed his excitement and support of the smartphone, believing it will support the country's economy and "instill national pride".[4]


  1. ^ Ashley, Coates (12 Aug 2013). "Is North Korea to take on Apple with its version of the iPhone?". Telegraph UK. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Max (12 August 2013). "Kim Jong Un inspects North Korea’s first smartphone, an Android clone". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Skepticism as North Korea launches 'home-grown' Arirang smartphone". News Corp Australia. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Rieser, Bennett (12 August 2013). "North Korea Unveils the Arirang, the Painfully Ironic Android Smartphone". WebProNews.