A Daily NK investigation into the serial numbers of the latest “Jindallae 7” phone released by North Korea at the beginning of this year has found that the product was manufactured by a company based in China.
On Monday, Daily NK entered the information of a Jindallae 7 smartphone into IMEI.info, a website for looking up International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers. The search found that the Jindallae has the same IMEI as the “F1” model made by UMIDIGI, a smartphone manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China.
An IMEI is a unique 15-digit number given to each mobile device by the manufacturer upon its release to prevent illegal copying. The IMEI identifies the manufacturer, model and serial number, making tampering or forgery almost impossible.
A Daily NK review of the F1 and Jindallae 7 found that the exterior and main features of the two phones are very similar.
Both products use a water drop notch design, feature a 6.3 inch screen with 2340 x 1080 FHD+ resolution, and have the same operating system (Android 9.0) installed. Even the rear-facing camera and fingerprint recognition sensor modules are identical. ......