The performance of the North Korean smartphone’Pyongyang 2428′, which is known to have been released earlier this year, is slightly improved compared to the previous model. However, the evaluation as a flagship (main model) model is colorless in that there are no remarkable features other than simple hardware performance improvement.
As a result of analyzing the information sent by the Daily NK source, the Android version of Pyongyang 2428 has been increased, and memory and camera performance have improved.
First, the operating system (OS) of Pyongyang 2428 is Android 9.0. Compared to the previous Pyongyang 2425 and 2426 using Android 8.1, the OS of the higher version was installed.
In Android-based smartphones, the version is directly related to performance. According to data released in 2018 on the Google blog, Android 9.0 has enhanced usability and performance, security and privacy features compared to the previous version of 8.0. Accordingly, the performance of the Pyongyang 2428 is expected to have improved somewhat compared to the previous products.
However, there is a limit to determining the level of performance improvement because there is no accurate information on the AP that serves as the brain of the smartphone.
The memory was 4GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, the same as the Pyongyang 2425, and 1GB higher than the Pyongyang 2426, which is evaluated as a low-end smartphone. RAM is a memory device that affects data processing speed in a computer or smartphone, and is a component directly connected to performance.
The reason that Pyongyang 2428’s RAM is the same as the previous one is analyzed because of the North Korean smartphone usage environment with few applications (apps) that use a lot of resources or require high performance in North Korea. In North Korea, where there are no apps that require high data processing speed, such as real-time video streaming services and large-scale multi-user online games (MMORPG), a high amount of RAM is unnecessary. For reference, the latest smartphones released in Korea have 12GB of RAM.
The camera performance is slightly improved from the previous one. The cameras of Pyongyang 2428 are 16MP in front, 48MP in rear, and 5MP in rear. Compared to the Pyongyang 2425, which was 16MP at the front, 16MP at the rear, and 5MP, the rear camera performance is slightly improved.
The screen is 2,340×1080 (FHD+), slightly larger than the 2246×1,080 (FHD+) Pyongyang 2425. It is difficult to say that it is a noticeable difference as the screen size is about 1 inch larger than the previous product.
In addition, it was confirmed that the Pyongyang 2428 does not have a wireless charging pad that was provided as a basic component in the 2425. This seems to be a strategy of the manufacturer to increase profits by selling separately without providing a wireless charging pad, rather than removing the wireless charging function in Pyongyang 2428.
In sum, there was no significant change in Pyongyang 2428. This is compared to the fact that the previously released Pyongyang 2425 attracted attention with a large number of new technologies, such as the front display, wireless charging, and face recognition technology.
Therefore, it is pointed out that North Korea is focusing on launching new products with little improvement in performance in order to target the pockets of early adopters. In fact, the North Korean smartphone’Pyongyang’ series has been continuously released since the launch of 2404 in 2012, and the release cycle is getting shorter.
If similar products are released consecutively without major changes in the product, there is a concern that consumers will be turned away if the release cycle is accelerated.
North Korean smartphone manufacturers are releasing products that are comparable to those of the Pyongyang series recently, and are eager to market to attract consumers’ attention. (▶ Related article: North Korean smartphone Azalea 7, 1 year free A/S without insurance?)
In this regard, the North Korean propaganda media Arirang Meari said that’Comrade Gil,”Blue Sky’,’Azalea 3′, and’Arirang 181′ were receiving favorable reviews in North Korea in June. 2428′,’Pyongyang 2426′,’Cheoryeong 21′, and’Cheoryeong 22′ are also popular.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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