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North Korea's Samjiyon Tablet Has HD Screen, 'Angry Birds', But No Internet

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You might still be in love with your iPad Mini, or looking forward to getting hold of a new Nexus 7. But what does a 'best-selling' tablet look like in North Korea?

First the good news: it runs Android, has a 1.2GHz processor and comes with Angry Birds.

Then the bad: it doesn't have the internet.

The Samjiyon tablet, available exclusively inside the reclusive communist country (naturally, since it's technically made by the government), is a seven-inch tablet computer designed to let locals consume games and work - but definitely not watch YouTube videos.

Instead of the wider internet, which is off limits under Kim Jong-Un's regime, the Samjiyon is only able to access the government-sanctioned Kwangmyong intranet. And since that's not accessible outside North Korea, its functionality is pretty limited outside the country.

The Samjiyon has been on sale in Pyongyang for a while, but was only recently taken out of the country by a tourist who purchased one for $200 at a gift shop, and has now given it to the IT World tech site.

According to IDG the tablet has a 2-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, a not-bad-actually 1,024 by 768 pixels display and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. It also has a TV tuner for accessing state broadcasts. Apps on the machine include a chess game, books, a dictionary and a history app. It is thought that the device is made outside North Korea by a contractor, though it's not known exactly who built it.

And the tourist who bought it said the device is actually pretty usable - if you don't want to do anything online.

"In terms of responsiveness and speed, it can almost compete against the leading tablets," he told IT World. "Tapping and launching apps feels fairly fluid, initializing the camera is as fast as the world's leading tablets, and there is no noticeable lag when playing games I'm familiar with, like 'Angry Birds.'"

Unfortunately, it's unlikely that the tablet will sell in large numbers even inside the country. While the $200 price is potentially higher than locals might buy it for, with an average monthly salary of $100 per month it's probably out of reach of all but the ruling elite.r

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