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Escobar smartphones are not what they seem

In December of last year a surprising new player made the leap into the high-end smartphone market. And to make matters worse, it did so by entering the exclusive niche of folding smartphones.

He was Roberto Escobar, the brother of the famous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar . It advertised a device called the Escobar Fold 1 . Like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the phone had a display that could be extended and transformed into a tablet.

According to Escobar, the gadget incorporated Android 9.0, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 chip with 8 cores and 2.8 Ghz, a 7.8-inch Full HD AMOLED screen when deployed, and a double camera of 16 and 20 megapixels. The design of the terminal would stand out for its golden tones . But most surprising of all was its asking price.

Roberto Escobar pointed out to the Digital Trends website: “I told a lot of people that I would challenge Apple and I will. I cut networks and outlets to sell foldable phones to consumers for as little as $ 349 . That is my goal, to beat Apple and doing it for myself, as I have always done ”.

Referring to the Cupertino company, he continued: “They are scammers and now we are preparing a class action lawsuit. They are misleading people and selling phones that are worthless to consumers , with outrageous prices. My lawyers have been prepared for a long time, but before I sue them and return the money to the people who deserve it, I wanted to show them that my product is much better. “

Dating celebrities and scamming users

Escobar talks about Apple, but not about companies that have already launched folding phones, such as Motorola, Samsung or Huawei. But how can these phones be five times cheaper than these other folding smartphones? How is it possible that these terminals of the most famous family in Colombia are sold at a much lower price than the Galaxy Fold , which they are so similar to? There is an explanation.

The technological youtuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) has been able to get his hands on an Escobar Fold 2, another variation of the Escobar Fold 1, discovering that the terminal is not what it appears. Basically it would be a case similar to the one that occurred in Spain with the ‘Extremadura manufacturer’ Zetta and Xiaomi.

Brownlee has been able to verify that the Escobar Fold 2 is nothing more than a Galaxy Fold with a gold sticker . This can be easily detached and under it, are the evidence that it is a Samsung device.

But if it is a scam, why does it only cost $ 350 when the Korean’s folding smartphone is worth more than 2,000? The content creator believes that Escobar does send the terminals, but only to certain influential people who ask for them or celebrities.

In this way, you make sure to make them prescribers and use them to promote your product. However, the rest of the buyers, ordinary consumers, would never actually ship the order and keep their money. MKBHD explains the scam in detail in a video uploaded to their channel that we share.

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