Yesterday, a new smartphone hit the market and it came from a very surprising and controversial source. The phone is named Escobar Fold 1…Yes, that Escobar. Escobar Inc is the company established in 1984 by Pablo Escobar as a means of funneling large sums of cash outside of Colombia. To try and control the Pablo Escobar brand and name, in 2014 it was reincorporated by Pablo’s brother, Roberto Escobar. Now, they are launching a smartphone with a flexible screen it seems.
If you are into tech news, you may have already spotted what the Escobar Fold 1 smartphone is. The device looks almost identical to the Royal Flexpai, the first smartphone with a flexible screen that hit the market. It has the same camera placement, same specifications and even the signature hinge covered with silicon on the back. What it does not share is the price. The Flexpai started at around $1500 however the Escobar Fold 1 costs just $350 for the 6GB/128GB model and $499 for the 8GB/512GB one.
The price is really good even if we take away the flexible AMOLED screen since the phone has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, a dual-camera setup with 16MP+20MP sensors and all the connectivity options, including a dual 4G SIM slot. The flexible AMOLED screen has a 7.8″ diagonal when unfolded with a 1920×1444 Pixels resolution. The 4000mAh battery supports a proprietary quick-charge technology that promises to charge the phone from 0% to 8% in an hour. Escobar Fold 1 runs Android 9 out of the box and so far there is no word on upgrades to a newer version, but I honestly hope they will push Android 10.
Now, I know what you are thinking since I am thinking the same. There are quite a few red flags. For starters, the history of the company and what it did in the past raises many eyebrows. There are even a few concerns about this being a scam and that you won’t receive anything. Warranty, shipping methods and a few other key aspects are not clear on the site either. The biggest question, however, is how they managed to sell the phone this cheap and still make a profit. Initial reviews of the Royal Flexpai weren’t that great, with the flexible screen not being that smooth or resistant as we hoped, but I still find it strange that for just $350 you can get this. This is the cheapest foldable smartphone right now if it is real.
If you are interested, I suggest you visit Escobar Inc website. From there you can read more about the phone and even order if you have the courage. Maybe it is legit (I certainly hope so). Keep in mind though that the marketing is a bit unorthodox, with naked or extremely lightly dressed girls in a few strange poses. Hey, what are you expecting from the ex-company of the biggest drug lord nowadays?