Samsung just revealed the Galaxy Fold, the smartphone that delivers a seamless multi-app experience and foldable Infinity Flex Display that has since been deemed revolutionary – disrupting the smartphone industry like never before, sending Apple and other competitors scrambling to produce their own.
But while Apple and Huawei work to even get their patents approved, one man has not only designed a foldable phone, but actually has it available for sale.
From prison to smartphones
Now, half-blind and half-deaf from a letter bomb that went off close to his face in prison in 1993, Roberto has dreams of becoming a smartphone maker by following in the footsteps of Samsung with its Galaxy Fold.
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.