Kim Jong-Un is an Android man: Spotted with HTC Butterfly

While the vast majority of North Korean citizens have never laid hands upon a smartphone, their leader Kim Jong-Un gets a few special privileges. It comes with the territory of being the heir to power in the notoriously closed-off society. It should come as no surprise that the pudgy dictator owns a smartphone, nor the fact that the HTC Butterfly is his current mobile of choice.

In reality, Kim Jong-Un has few options when it comes to the phone he wields. Samsung and LG, both manufactured in rival South Korea, are obviously off the table. As is Sony with its Japanese roots. The North Korean tyrant wouldn’t waste a second considering the iPhone or a Motorola device out of hatred for the United States. So his only choices rest with manufacturers based out out of China or nearby Taiwan.

And when you want to position yourself as the most-esteemed political figure in the world, you better go big. So the 5-inch Butterfly with its high-end spec sheet fits the bill nicely. Meanwhile, residents of North Korea have little access to mobile technology, which is more than a little backwards. But that’s the way things go in North Korea.

[via UnwiredView]

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  • Michael Thompson

    Well I guess his phone choice gets him off the hook for like… Everything else.
    You guys should really read more non-phone related stuff before posting.

    • Manbo

      Awe muffin… Coming to a mobile phone OS fansite and complaining that the news reported is about phones… #firstworldproblems

      • dreadnatty08

        Hashtags belong to Twitter, Manbo. #thanks

        • fish1552

          #I’llTryToRememberThat. #NotHappening

          • Manbo

            #but #I #thought #all #the #coolkids #used #hashtags ^_^

        • Manbo

          a : the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning
          b : a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony

      • Michael Thompson

        Hmmm…point taken!

  • kooienb1

    Isn’t that a Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo?

  • Rick Wookie Maloney

    And why should we care?

    • lolwut

      because lulz

    • paxmos

      Because his version of the phone is customized to carry a nuclear warhead on it!!! and it clapps every time his majesty speaks….!!

  • domatau

    no likey el plato supreme?

  • techpro1993

    it’s Galaxy Note. You can see the different reflection caused by physical button at the bottom of the phone.

    • scoter man1

      You mean the giant Verizon symbol?


    • Freshly_Snipes

      He can’t use a South Korean made phone fool. They’re mortal enemies.

  • Leocal79

    I guess I may want to switch to blackberry. Not exactly a good endorsement for android. Plus this douche has threatened to bomb America recently. Eric Schmidt recently visited North Korea lord knows why. Apparently about Internet access.

    • Manbo

      Hahaha! Good one!
      You are joking right? I hope you are joking. ’cause if you aren’t… I weep for your children.

    • OptimusL

      North Korea is best Korea.

  • Kam Siu

    that’s probably the most powerful-est CPU in North Korea….

  • Covert_Death

    i could care less. in fact it is kind of bad press for android that this short little man uses one

    • phoenix_fire

      *couldn’t care less

  • JulianZHuang

    that country still exist?

    • OptimusL

      You’re not this ignorant so just stop.

  • lolwut

    “the pudgy dictator”

  • Mr. JacKaL

    what I dont get is, if North Korean people dont have cell phones, do they just have cell towers around the country for him? And who the heck is he calling if no one else can have a phone?

    • Freshly_Snipes

      That’s a good question lol

    • bluevoodo

      Most north koreans dont, very few do, also 5th largest army in the world (i think) great reason to have mobile phones.

    • simpleas


    • Loopins

      2 reasons. To play games when he’s bored and to press the launch button for his crappy rockets.

  • Jeff72

    Nothing but the best for the “Sexiest Man Alive for 2012″,30379/

  • master94

    They plan to backward engineer it to power their nukes. Android powered nukes. Would be cool, than again maybe not.


    LOL did you guys see that video N. Korea made with MW3 footage showing New York under attack???

  • pr0xidian

    They have towers there?!?!

  • WHAT?

    And the average North Korea citizen is still rocking their Newton…

  • Damian Philip

    surprised he hasnt got an iphone funded and supplied for by the USA ;)

  • Paul Finlay

    An android man? I thought he was a god? :p

  • bossyman15

    The phone may be made in China or Taiwan but wasn’t Android OS made in USA?