When Eric Schmidt got back from North Korea, we learned that the country was quite capable of operating respectable Internet service. They had the infrastructure in place, but were reluctant to allow their citizens to access the web. Of course, we associate mobile technology with the internet, so we took notice when we heard a North Korean company had made a tablet.
We were more interested to hear it wasn’t some bottom-dwelling piece of garbage. A 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 1,024×768 7-inch screen all front Android 4.0.4. Nothing spectacular, but also not terrible. Purchased by a tourist who only wishes to be known as “Michael”, this severely hamstrung Android tablet seems to be running pretty smoothly, as you can see in the video below.
Of course, there is no way to access the Internet, but a web browser suggests users can access the North Korean Intranet. Sharing information freely is not in the communist diet, so allowing citizens to do things like read this article won’t happen as easily as most of us enjoy that freedom.
My favorite part has to be the pull-out antenna. The tablet comes loaded with some games, like Angry Birds (which, of course, is a completely legitimate version). There is also some Communist literature loaded onto the device, so at least they’re eReading about being subject to the whims of their leadership.