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You might think smartphone use is limited in North Korea, considering how smartphones offer access to pretty much everything the North Korean government is censoring from its citizens.  

But North Koreans have been using smartphones since 2013, most of which are supposedly made within the country’s borders by North Korean companies.

A North Korean news site called has been reporting on the country’s smartphones released over the years, and some of them don’t look half bad! With a few tweaks to remove the built-in censors, some of these smartphones could probably work just fine in other countries.

Check out five smartphones that North Koreans have been using since 2013, and some they’re using now: