North Korean Tablet PC’s Utilizes South Korean Memory

Michael Song, Nov. 4, 2015, 8:49 a.m.

A North Korean tablet PC was found to have been made with South Korean memory chips, a local defectors' group said Wednesday. North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, a think tank launched by North Korean intellectuals who defected, said it disassembled the "Ryonghung" tablet PC in which it found two memory chips made by South Korean chipmaker SK hynix.

"The South Korean memory chips probably ended up there as North Korea imported the entire circuit board from China," said Kim Heung-kwang, head of the NKIS. North Korea unveiled the Ryonghung at an international trade fair in Pyongyang in May 2013.

It runs on Google's Android platform and comes with all the basic mobile functions, such as a camera, photo album and calculator, as well as more than 30 apps, including educational ones that teach the ideological works of North Korea's two previous leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

According to the box, the Ryonghung is built with a 1 gigahertz central processing unit (CPU), a 512 megabyte random-access memory, an 8 gigabyte internal memory and 16 gigabyte external memory, NKIS said. It also has an 8-inch screen, weighs 250 grams and has a battery life of six hours. North Korea began to develop its own tablet PCs in 2010, and in May, released another device named "Myohyang."


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