Imitation is supposed to be the most sincere form of flattery, but it is not all that welcome, especially when one takes into consideration how there are stuff like copyright and patent laws out there to help protect the inventor of a particular work. Still, China has built up a reputation somewhat for knock-offs when it comes to a variety of items, and it seems that they are now on the receiving end of such a move by North Korea in the form of the Arirang AS1201 smartphone.
To come up with a cheap knock-off of an established brand is one thing, but if you’re going to do so with an extremely entry level device, that does not make much economic sense at all, unless you happen to live in North Korea, I suppose. The Arirang AS1201 happens to be a copy of the Uniscope U1201 from China, where it will run on Android. The China version costs $100 thereabouts, sporting dual SIM support, 3G connectivity, 4GB of internal memory, 768MB RAM, a display that has 540 x 960 resolution, an 8MP shooter, and a 1600mAh battery, all held together by a dual-core CPU .
One can only guess that the Arirang AS1201 will not surpass its “template” in terms of hardware specifications, although who knows, it might come with even lesser specifications.