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North Korea's Android Tablet Is a Strange, Neutered Monster

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North Korea and the Internet are just starting to get along, and the relationship is a little bit tense. DPRK does have Android tablets though! And rest assured, they are very strange.

A tourist known only as "Michael" picked up the tablet—a Samjiyon—when he was visiting the country, and spilled all the strange details to North Korea Tech. It's got an antenna, for instance, and perplexing comes with Angry Birds Rio built-in. Meanwhile Wi-Fi is nowhere to be found and the default browser comes set up to shunt you right into the North Korean intranet. Also if you're up for some definitely-not-at-all-State-sponsored reading, it comes with "Juche Study Books" so you can brush up on your Kim Il-sung ideology. And, of course, there's no Google software in sight.

Spec-wise it's got a 1.2GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 1024x768 resolution on its 7-inch screen, 8 or 16GB of on-board storage, and comes with Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's no Nexus 7, but it's not utter trash or anything. All for $200.


North Korea has mentioned the possibility of having some tablet computers around, but this is the first we've seen one in the wild, and man is it bizarre. But what do you expect from an Internet-isolated otherworld? You can check out all the nitty-gritty details over at North Korea Tech. Just make sure to appreciate your delicious, uncensored Internet while you're at it. [North Korea Tech via The Next Web]