Strong signals: World figures on their smartphones Published: 2014-4-7 18:00:00

Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan:

Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan takes a picture with a ZTE Nubian Z5Mini smartphone during a soccer match between Chinese children and their German peers at the Wolfsburg club in Berlin, Germany, March 29, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

The mobile phone brand Nubia, owned by Chinese telecom-equipment maker ZTE, has experienced a surge in popularity at home following a widely-circulated photo of first lady Peng Liyuan snapping a picture using the smartphone during President Xi Jinping's recent state visit to Germany.

The phone sells for less than 2,000 yuan ($320).

US President Barack Obama:

US President Barack Obama holds his smartphone. Photo:

President Barack Obama reportedly uses a Sectéra Edge after retiring his BlackBerry, which media famously dubbed the “BarackBerry." Obama gave up his BlackBerry over security concerns after he took office in 2008. The US National Security Agency invested $18 million to develop this Windows-CE system smartphone in 2009.

US President Barack Obama talks on his secured mobile phone. Photo:

Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Above: Russian president Vladimir Putin holds his smartphone. Below: Close-up of Putin’s phone, a ZTE MTS Glonass945. Photos:

ZTE MTS Glonass945, used by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is an Android 2.2-powered smartphone jointly developed by Chinese producer ZTE and Russian companies. It can receive US GPS and Russian Glonass satellite signals, giving it an accuracy rating of 93 percent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin receives a phone call. Photo:

●Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev takes pictures with his iPhone 5 during a visit to France in 2012. Medvedev is a self-admitted Apple fan who had met with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2010. Photo:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shows her special designed Blackberry Z10. Photo:

This Z10 is especially-designed for German high-level officials, boasting a bulletproof shell and much higher security. Merkel is known to frequently shift between using her Z10 for official duties and a Nokia 6260 for personal matters.

Not now: German Chancellor Angela Merkel checks her phone. Photo:

British Prime Minister David Cameron:

British Prime Minister David Cameron sits at a desk with his BlackBerry smartphone (left). Photo:

British Prime Minister David Cameron uses his BlackBerry 9900 to take pictures with a volunteer and a security guard during the London Olympic Games. Photo:

●Late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez:

Late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez holds his “El Vergatario” phone. Source:

El Vergatario, developed by Chinese maker ZTE and Venezuelan company Vetelca in 2006, retails for 100 yuan ($16.1). Chavez said it was the best present for any mother.

●former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak:

Then South Korean president Lee Myung-bak gives a thumbs-up after taking a picture with his Samsung phone on the final day of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia, September 9, 2012. Photo: Beijing News

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un:

Main: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un talks with officials beside his phone. Inset: Close-up of Kim Jong-un’s phone, an HTC Butterfly. Photos:

Kim purposefully chose the Taiwan-produced handset over the US-made iPhone or Galaxy Note from South Korea to avoid negative criticism, media reported in 2013.

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