Pablo Escobar’s brother launches $349 Folding SmartPhone, Claims its unbreakable & Vows to Sue Apple
Pablo Escobar’s brother just unveiled the Fold 1, a $349 foldable phone with flagship specs, available to pre-order right now. But the too-good-to-be-true price and uncanny similarities with the Royole FlexPai cast doubts. Is this a real price-performance monster? Or is it a stunt?
Roberto Escobar, Pablo Escobar’s older brother and the co-founder of Escobar Inc., recently announced the Pablo Escobar Fold 1. The foldable phone is priced at $349 and available for pre-order on Escobar Inc’s website. Featuring a Snapdragon 855 and up to 8 GB of RAM, this’d be an interesting device even if wasn’t foldable.
It is a foldable, however, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Royole FlexPai, a $1000 foldable that beat the Galaxy Fold to market. From the promotional material Escobar Inc has shared so far, it looks like the Fold 1 might actually be a FlexPai rebrand. The two phones look identical, have the same internals, and fold outwards, not in. This is a red flag because the Fold 1 sells for one third the price of the FlexPai.
Escobar Inc’s advertising is certainly flavorful. A 30-second TV ad for the Fold 1 claims that “Apple boy Steve once looked into space. He saw Pablo Escobar with a phone beyond anybody’s imagination.” Other advertisements feature Russian lingerie models posing with the phone.
Because the Fold 1 is at the pre-order stage, units have yet to ship. At this point, we’re still not sure whether this is a real device or an attention-seeking stunt like the Turing Hubblephone announcement. On the off chance that it’s real, the Escobar Fold 1 is both the cheapest foldable and the cheapest Snapdragon 855 device you can get your hands on.
In an interview with Digital Trends, Mr Escobar said: “M
y phone cannot break, because I did not have to make a glass screen like Samsung.
“Our screen is made of a special type of plastic, and we still have the best resolution. Our special plastic is very difficult to break.”
Mr Escobar says he is determined to take on major tech giants – and he has the bold ambition of “beating Apple” and achieving dominance in the competitive smartphone market.
He has also revealed plans to sue Apple next month, and the entrepreneur says his lawyers are preparing a “$30bn class-action lawsuit” against the Cupertino company for being “scammers” and “cheating the people and selling worthless phones”.
The Escobar Fold 1 is carrier unlocked, works across all networks around the globe, and includes free worldwide shipping. Some speculation suggested that this is a rebranded Royole FlexPai. That does make sense as the design and specifications match, and it’s evidently not easy to manufacture foldable phones at a big scale.
However, Roberto justifies the low price tag to “effective production and no special deals with retailers”. If you’re sold on the idea of “the best smartphone in the world right now” (not our words), the Fold 1 can be pre-ordered from Escobar Inc’s website.
Considering what we know about foldable phones to date, and their various price tags, this offer does seem a little too good to be true. We’d advise anyone considering this handset do their research first, to ensure they know exactly what they’re getting.