This is an Android tablet. From North Korea.


If South Korea has Samsung, North Korea has Samjiyon. A tourist who chooses to go by the name “Michael” was able to purchase an Android tablet in North Korea, then take it with him outside the country to share with everyone else in the world. He even declared it to the customs officers in the airport but they didn’t mind. Lucky us.

According to Michael, the Samjiyon is “surprisingly impressive” and actually stand toe-to-toe with the leading tablets from other manufacturers. He said it felt responsive and fast, launching apps and the camera on the device felt fluid, and games didn’t lag. That might have something to do with the specs on the device, which can match fairly well with Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab 2:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 1GB DDR3 memory
  • 8GB or 16GB internal storage
  • 7-inch screen with 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 187 by 124 by 10 millimeters
  • 250 grams

Because North Korean citizens aren’t actually allowed to access the internet, there’s no way to connect the Samjiyon to a WiFi network. But to make up for that, North Korea has nicely thrown in some free apps, many of which are quite interesting.


As you can see among the different apps for studying and accessing information via the country’s intranet, there’s a copy of Angry Birds Rio, Field Runners and another “Defense Game.” Not bad for a $200 tablet. I think.

For a look at the Samjiyon in action, check out the video below:

[via North Korea Tech, The Next Web]

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  • Enrique Manalang

    [@mizdoc] Pretty sure they don’t have Walmart in North Korea :p

  • mizdoc

    $200 for this and no internet? Whopee! Check out the Hisense Sero 7 Pro for $149 at Walmart. Same or better specs as the Nexus. I picked one up as soon as they were available. Great 7″ tablet. Blazing fast response. Slot for Micro-SD card, mini HDMI, front AND back camera, Android Jelly-bean, nVIDIA Tegra3 processor, 1280×800 display. What more could you ask…all for $150.

  • That looks and acts a lot like the cheapo tablet I just bought for $70. Maybe they charge extra to disable the wifi and load books about Great Leader.

  • Enrique Manalang

    [@Seamus McSeamus] OH MAN. That sounds pretty damn good.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Looks pretty impressive, but I really don’t know what I’d do with a tablet that can’t access the internet. Plus, the name of the company makes me want dessert. This one ( sounds really tasty!