Debut North Korean tablet offers Angry Birds and communist propaganda

North Korea has produced its answer to the iPad with its very own Samijyon tablet. 

According to North Korea Watch, the 7-inch tablets are assembled in the Pyongyang’s Computer Centre from Chinese parts and comes complete with a local version of Angry Birds and Kim Il Sung’s literary works.

The specs are surprisingly decent. While the product may be inferior to competitors Samsung and LG across the border, it appears they are heading towards the right direction seeing as mobile phone owners were punished for owning a device just last year. The tablet offers 4GB of storage space which is powered by a 1 GHZ processor and 1GB RAM.

It even comes equipped with a 2-megapixel camera and expandable memory. Some versions include an analogue TV tuner to pick up the few state-run TV transmissions offering the latest government propaganda.

The tablet is also surprisingly light weighing in at 250 grams, 40 grams lighter than the Google Nexus 7. With these specs, the gadget is surely capable of handling the best internet speeds North Korea has to offer.

This is not the first time the communist nation has offered an electronic device. Earlier this year, we reported an Android offering in the form of a smartphone. As the country looks to break into the world of tech, we hope their GDP becomes more reliant on mobile devices rather than forced labour or heroin production.

The Samijyon tablet is available via eBay where the bidding is currently at US$415.

Source: The Guardian

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Man this tablet must be infested with root kits and backdoors so the government can spy on users... well just like our iPads and Android tablets lol

Running android? Made by google, a counter-revolutionary entity in, America, the land of the snow and bird eaters?! You must be remembering incorrectly. This tablet runs the Grand Mobile OS of the Socialist Revolution. In fact, every line of code in this technological marvel was written by Dear Leader himself.

why This country always talking BS about other country just look the mess is in this COUNTRY .
this country have one of the bigger corrupt Gov in History, just look at the mess Gov shutdown,NSA,where people are been watching by the own Gov.

NSA watching over you and you call this freedom? if i talk to my,bother,friend,family even my dog ever the phone the Gov are watching you. or even texting or doing anything in my Computer you been spying by the Gov and you can call this free country?

Is North Korea on one of our technology export ban lists? I can't remember, I know Iran is for sure and a few other countries... if so, could google get fined for letting software into their gov hands? I can't remember how it works...

neufuse said,
Is North Korea on one of our technology export ban lists? I can't remember, I know Iran is for sure and a few other countries... if so, could google get fined for letting software into their gov hands? I can't remember how it works...

android is based on linux, open source software, that's freely available on the net. anyone globally has access to the code.

seta-san said,

android is based on linux, open source software, that's freely available on the net. anyone globally has access to the code.

I'm aware of that, but the Gov still has export restrictions on even code and free stuff.

neufuse said,

I'm aware of that, but the Gov still has export restrictions on even code and free stuff.

The code is not being exported, it's being downloaded from the Internet.

FloatingFatMan said,
Cool. Now all they need is an internet to use it on, and electricity to recharge it with.

With good timing they can juice it up between the rolling blackouts.

I wonder if The Verge will be reviewing it

Joke aside : Using Android? Something from the West?

Also it comes with ' A fully functional MS Office package consisting of Word, Excel and Powerpoint'

I heard the king there has biggest collection of western things(like movies, games, songs), the ban only applies to his subject.

When I read about North Korea sometimes I feel like it's a fairy tale. It's hard to believe there really is a place where people are punished for wanting to leave, or for reading anything not produced by their government, where people are lied to in order to force their compliance. It's wild.

People outside of German-occupied countries thought the Holocaust was hard to believe, too. Hell, people who would later go on to be victims of the Holocaust but heard rumors of it before they became victims thought it was all hard to believe as well.

In fact, you know all those conspiracy theories that say 9/11 was an inside job because George Bush got a report about a terrorist attack before 9/11 actually happened? In my humble opinion, that's because he couldn't believe it would actually be that bad until it happened.

People tend to think that it's impossible for human beings to be, "that evil." What people have to understand that, like human stupidity, human villainy is limitless.

Gerowen said,
When I read about North Korea sometimes I feel like it's a fairy tale. It's hard to believe there really is a place where people are punished for wanting to leave, or for reading anything not produced by their government, where people are lied to in order to force their compliance. It's wild.

Check out some of the documentaries, it's certainly not a fairy tale.. it's very eerie.

Gerowen said,
When I read about North Korea sometimes I feel like it's a fairy tale. It's hard to believe there really is a place where people are punished for wanting to leave, or for reading anything not produced by their government, where people are lied to in order to force their compliance. It's wild.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oULO3i5Xra0

Hello,

Javik said,
It's no worse than the corporate propaganda you Americans push down everyone's throat. I don't agree with the North Koreans but the hypocrisy I see from Americans on this issue is quite amusing.

...I hope you are kidding.

Javik said,
It's no worse than the corporate propaganda you Americans push down everyone's throat. I don't agree with the North Koreans but the hypocrisy I see from Americans on this issue is quite amusing.

Last I checked we are free to believe, read, and say what we want. We aren't forced to listen to or believe anyone else's views or thrown in prison for our views nor are we kept poor and starving by the government. One would have to be a complete idiot (or a troll) to try and compare the situation in North Korea to any free first world country.

Javik said,
It's no worse than the corporate propaganda you Americans push down everyone's throat. I don't agree with the North Koreans but the hypocrisy I see from Americans on this issue is quite amusing.

could you show is some of that corporate propaganda? and you better not show me commercials. And there is a big difference. We're allowed the freedom, both physically and intellectually, to find out whatever it is that we think is the truth. A North Korean had better believe whole heatedly the government propaganda or they will starve in a labor camp. To attempt to compare North Korea to the United States is probably the height of hyperbole.

seta-san said,

could you show is some of that corporate propaganda? and you better not show me commercials. And there is a big difference. We're allowed the freedom, both physically and intellectually, to find out whatever it is that we think is the truth. A North Korean had better believe whole heatedly the government propaganda or they will starve in a labor camp. To attempt to compare North Korea to the United States is probably the height of hyperbole.

Really? Ask yourself what Prism and the patriot act are for then. Ask people like Julian Assange how your government acts when it's lies get exposed, and people fight and argue against it? You folks talk a good game about freedom but if you pee off your government you're in just as much doo-doo as anyone else would be.

I'll have to agree with you, sadly -_- we're getting a LOT of hell right now with our civil liberties. We might as well be North Korea over here. We need ACTION! Restore the republic. You know you're in trouble when public schools suspend children for not singing in praise (that's right, praise, the actual word praise) to Obummer.

WE DEMAND RETRIBUTION!!!

Izlude said,
I'll have to agree with you, sadly -_- we're getting a LOT of hell right now with our civil liberties. We might as well be North Korea over here.

I think that is an incredible insult to the decades of almost certainly unimaginable suffering & poverty the North Korean people have endured under their government.

Stop trying to upstage their suffering & act like you too are a victim. You are not. You are sitting in front a computer commenting on a website you are not in North Korea.

Really? Ask yourself what Prism and the patriot act are for then.

As bad as PRISM is, a good chunk of the information they collect on ordinary civilians doesn't actually do anything that directly affects the person in a noticeable way. I mean, a lot of the average civilians they spy on just go on with their lives without anything really happening to them in a way they'd be able to notice daily.

Izlude said,
I'll have to agree with you, sadly -_- we're getting a LOT of hell right now with our civil liberties. We might as well be North Korea over here. We need ACTION! Restore the republic. You know you're in trouble when public schools suspend children for not singing in praise (that's right, praise, the actual word praise) to Obummer.

WE DEMAND RETRIBUTION!!!

the difference is still huge .. North Koreans are not even humans, just robots programmed to do everything a certain way.. every country has rules and laws and monitor people but still have freedom to live your life.

Mhm, that's the beauty of free software, it's not there solely to represent American capitalism, other people can customise it as they see fit.

And the beauty of it is that not only is it powering absolutely free devices and homemade gear it's also the biggest OS worldwide on the consumer side of things too.

So any software someone writes and tries to make money off of is due to American capitalism? So when humans bartered 100,000 years ago they were representing American capitalism? Are you saying you do not like to make things or work for money or trade? I am not understanding what open licensed software has to do with capitalism. I am not really sure you know what you are saying.

good.. better NK gives it too all and then google can launch a high altitude wifi baloon in North so that people of north can access the out side world from that wifi signal