The brother of the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has waged a war against Apple with a new foldable smartphone.
Roberto Escobar unveiled the $349-Pablo Escobar Fold 1 that boasts two 7.8-inch screens, folds into a tablet and is said to be unbreakable because of its “very special type of plastic.” It is an Android 9.0 smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Series CPU.
Escobar cut the networks and retailers in order to sell the smartphone at a low price with a goal to entice iOS users and beat Apple, which he said is scamming customers.
Roberto is the brother of the drug kingpin who led the Medellin Cartel in Columbia and died by gunshot during a police standoff in 1993.
Although he was the former accountant and co-founder of the Medellin Cartel, he has walked away from the family business to start a different path.
The smartphone was designed in the US and is being manufactured in Hong Kong. The initial production run is limited to 100,000 phones.
“I have made one of the first foldable smartphones in the world. Thanks to effective production and no special deals with retailers, we have been able to keep costs low as compared to other manufacturers,” Roberto Escobar said. “The Escobar Fold 1 is the best smartphone in the world right now.”
It features two 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel cameras, as well as two 7.8-inch AMOLED screens. It is also designed with a Fingerprint Scanner, Loudspeaker, Document Editor, HD Sound and Noise Cancellation.
The phone will ship for free to anywhere in the world, Roberto Escobar said.
Although most would assume this foldable phone would be a contender for the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Escobar has his sights set on Apple, maker of the popular and expensive iPhone.
“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 said.
He also has plans to file a $30-billion class-action lawsuit against the Cupertino company on 6 January 2020 for being “scammers” and “cheating the people and selling worthless phones,” Escobar told DigitalTrends.
The smartphone, according to Escobar, was designed around providing users with better security.
It features “special security” that makes it hard to scan via Bluetooth or for the government to access, and it will also feature a “thin layer of metal” that blocks RFID and other communications. (Daily Mail)