Given his track record with selling unethical product, it should not come as much of a shock to learn that Roberto Escobar’s most current product is not entirely legitimate. Having ditched the cocaine trade, the brother of former drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is currently peddling his own line of smartphones, including a brand new handset that’s merely a Samsung Galaxy Fold with a few gold-colored foil stuck across the emblem.
Escobar Inc launched its first foldable phone – known as the Escobar Fold 1 – in December of this past year, even though the business was rumbled when consumers instantly noticed that the version was a rebranded Royole FlexPai.
Undeterred by their inability to fool anybody, the business announced the introduction of the Escobar Fold two last month. Available exclusively through the Escobar Inc site and with an initial production run of 200,000, the telephone had been recently reviewed by YouTuber Marques Brownlee, who managed to peel off the gold decal to show the Samsung logo hidden beneath it.
“From using the phone only for a tiny bit, it is pretty clear this seems to be a legit Samsung Galaxy Fold,” explained Brownlee in his movie.
Roberto Escobar – whose biography on the corporation’s website describes him as the”former accountant and leader of assassinations of the Medellin Cartel” – published a statement announcing the launch of the telephone, where he says:”My objective is to become the overstock kingpin of electronical devices this year. These factories just have too much technology laying around, nobody is buying anything in China from secondary factories. We cut the costs and give customers direct discounts below the Escobar brand umbrella.”
This, he says, is the way Escobar Inc can sell its handset for only $399, while Samsung sells its own folding smartphone for approximately four times as much.
But after describing how the company originally took his money without ever sending him a telephone, Brownlee has some additional ideas regarding how Escobar Inc can sell on these disguised Samsung Galaxy Folds for this low cost.
“My theory is they are going through orders, locating the names of YouTubers or individuals in technology media or people they believe will discuss the telephone if they get it and sending those and just not sending the remainder,” he said.
Despite its reliance on the South Korean producer, Escobar Inc has gone big on the anti-Samsung messaging, describing the Escobar Fold two as”The Real Samsung Killer”, while also releasing a movie called RIP Samsung, which shows scantily clad women smashing Samsung goods with a sledgehammer.
Unsurprisingly, Roberto Escobar has form when it comes to attempting to rip off other people’s products. This past year, he launched a rebranded version of Elon Musk’s Not A Flamethrower, asserting he’d invented it first. He threatened to sue the SpaceX founder if he did not pay him $100 million for stealing his idea.
Before reinventing himself as a technology entrepreneur, Roberto Escobar was a key figure within the Medellin Cartel that triggered unprecedented bloodshed in Colombia until its leader, Pablo Escobar, died in a shootout with police in 1993.