Foldable phones are generally considered the next big thing on the Smartphone market. Hoping to get a piece of this growing pie, Pablo Escobar’s brother enters the segment with the Escobar Fold 1.
Roberto Escobar is famous for strange products and bold statements. After launching a flamethrower earlier this year that apparently inspired Elon Musk, he now focuses on the market for foldable smartphones. And it’s not meant to be a product created on a whim and with a serious intention behind it, as evidenced by this statement he shares with Digital Trends.
“I have told many people that I would beat Apple and I will. I cut the networks and retailers, to sell to customers phones that can fold for only $349, phones which in stores cost thousands of dollars by Samsung and others. This is my goal, to beat Apple, and by doing it myself like I always have.”
He also said he has plans to file a class-action lawsuit against Apple next year.
“They’re cheaters, and now we’re preparing the class action lawsuit,” Escobar said. “They cheat people and sell worthless phones overpriced to consumers. My lawyers have been willing for a long time, but before I sue them and return money to the people who earn them, I wanted to show them that my product is much better. On January 6, next year, 2020, the $ 30 billion class-action lawsuits will be filed with the California Courts in America. We want Apple to return some of its illegal profits to the people. I will make sure. I spent nearly a million dollars on lawyers to start this lawsuit. “
Back on this foldable Smartphone, the Escobar Fold 1 ships with Android 9.0 and features an Octa-Core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 CPU, two 16- and 20-megapixel cameras and a 7.8-inch AMOLED FHD + – Screen in a folded state. The phone can hold two SIM cards and comes unlocked so you can use it with your preferred mobile service provider.
The cheapest foldable phone in the world
The Escobar Fold 1 is one of the first folding phones in the world and by far the cheapest at a starting price of only $ 349 (£ 270, $ 510, ~ Rs25,000). For the money, you get a flexible 7.8-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1444, which can be folded in half to the outside.
Roberto adds that the panel is made of “a special plastic” that is unbreakable and “harder than the Samsung Galaxy Fold”.
Inside, it is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of memory, which can be further expanded via microSD. As cameras, we get a 16MP 1: 1.8 primary camera and a 20MP secondary shooter. The outer shell has a gold lining with a distinctive Escobar Inc logo engraved on the back.
The Escobar Fold 1 is unlocked for freight forwarders, works in all networks around the globe and is free shipping worldwide. Some speculation suggests that it is a Royole FlexPai. This makes sense because design and specifications are consistent, and it is obviously not easy to make foldable phones on a large scale.
However, Roberto justifies the low price with “effective production and no special dealings with retailers”. If you’re convinced of the idea of the “best Smartphone in the world” (not our words), you can pre-order Fold 1 on the Escobar Inc website.
Given what we already know about foldable phones and their various price tags, this offer seems a bit too good to be true. We encourage anyone considering using this handset to first investigate to make sure they know exactly what they are getting.