The brother of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is turning his attention from accounting to Apple.
Roberto Escobar, the former accountant for the Medellín Cartel, has created a smartphone, the Escobar Fold 1, that he believes will replace the iPhone.
In an interview withDigital Trends, Escobar claims he will beat Apple – which does not presently offer a foldable device – with the new phone. It sells for $349 and comes with free shipping and a complimentary cover.
“I have told many people that I would beat Apple and I will,” Escobar told the news outlet. “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.”
The smartphone is “always ready to fold” and it will be easy to turn it into a tablet, Escobar Inc., the company now run by Roberto, says in a description on its website.
In one of the marketing videos posted to Escobar Inc.’s website, a voice specifically calls out Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. “Apple Boy Steve once looked into space,” a voice is heard saying. “He saw Pablo Escobar with a phone beyond anybody’s imagination.”
In addition to claiming he will “beat Apple,” Roberto is using several scantily clad women, described as “Escobar girls”, both in videos and images on the website to market the device.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which initially had issues with the glass breaking, Escobar says his phone is unbreakable.
“My phone cannot break because I did not have to make a glass screen like Samsung,” Escobar told Digital Trends. “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.”
Escobar, who claimed the cartel spent $2500 a month just on rubber bands for its money and was imprisoned for his role in his brother’s drug operations, said the phone would also have “special security” features.
“Folding is nice, but also we have special security on the phone,” he added. “This makes it very difficult for anyone to scan the phone both (for) near-person communications like Bluetooth and also for governments to access the devices. I will not say that it is 100 per cent secure, but what I will say is that all other phones like Apple and Samsung are 100 percent open to all governments in the world. We are not.”
He continued: “Also, the cover that comes with all phones has a thin layer of metal that blocks RFID and other communications. This is a lot of phone for a small price, but this is, like I say, thanks to us selling direct to customers without any middlemen.”
The Escobar Fold 1 comes in two sizes, 128GB and 512GB, and sells for $349 and $499 respectively.
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Source:: Daily times