Blackberry, iPhone talk rages as NKorea's Kim Jong-Un caught with mystery smartphone!
The photo released by the North's state media showed Kim presiding over a meeting with top national security advisers last week -- a meeting believed to have been focused on Pyongyang's threat to conduct an imminent nuclear test.
It also showed a black smartphone on the table next to Kim's arm -- as well as a lit cigarette in his hand.
"It's believed that the smartphone belonged to Kim given that the device was placed right next to the documents he was looking at," a Seoul government official said.
The South Korean media gave the picture prominent coverage, opening a debate over the manufacturer, with speculation ranging between South Korea's own Samsung, Taiwan's HTC, RIM's BlackBerry and iPhone maker Apple.
Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, was adamant that one of its flagship Galaxy models had not turned up across the border.
"It's not a Samsung phone," a company spokesman said, adding that it looked more like an HTC model.
The Seoul government official said the picture had been analysed by the South's intelligence agency which also concluded that the Taiwanese firm was the likely manufacturer.
HTC declined to identify the device but said in a statement that the company appreciated the "support of all users".
While North Koreans live in probably the most isolated and censored society on the planet, the country is not a complete IT
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