Not your usual ‘killer’ product: N. Korea announces ‘own iPad’
The name, translated as “morning”, was given to a new seven-inch tablet device, which the country’s state media outlet KCNA says is gaining popularity among local students.The tablet weights 300 grams and has a battery life of five hours, the report said. It’s pre-loaded with a variety of teaching materials, dictionaries and scientific data.The agency released a number of photographs of what looks as a quality control and packaging line for Achim.It’s not clear which operating system the device may run, although industry experts speculate that it may be a version of the fabled Red Star OS, a North Korean build of Linux.Skeptics say Achim is probably built from Chinese parts and not manufactured from scratch domestically.Last month South Korean news source Dong-A Ilbo reported of a DPRK tablet called Samjiyon. The device was presumed to have no internet access, but featured an encyclopedia, games, eBooks and a map. There is no information as to whether the two are one and the same product.