N. Korean leader using HTC phone: report


TAIPEI — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seems to be using a smartphone made by Taiwan’s HTC Corp. rather than Apple Inc. of the United States or Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea to avoid extra burdens, a South Korean newspaper reported yesterday. The Seoul-based Korea Joong Ang Daily, describing a picture published Jan. 26 by North Korea’s official Central News Agency, reported that Kim was in a national security meeting with a black mobile phone next to him that looked like an HTC model.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry, in charge of dealing with North Korea, speculated that Kim’s phone was the latest HTC model, based on precise analyses of images and data, the newspaper said.