Technology Pablo Escobar's brother released a foldable smartphone that he claims can only be destroyed by fire

00:05  05 december  2019
00:05  05 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Roberto Escobar , brother of notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo , is taking the family business in a new direction with a foldable smartphone . “I cut the networks and retailers, to sell to customers phones that can fold for only 9, phones which in stores cost thousands of dollars by Samsung and others.

Well, Pablo Escobar ' s brother , Roberto, is looking to change that. He ’ s released the Escobar Fold 1, a foldable device that he reckons is much tougher than the Galaxy Fold and much better value than iPhones. He claimed : “My lawyers have been ready for long time, but before I sue them and give

For years, Pablo Escobar's brother worked as an accountant in the brutal Medellín Cartel as it reinvented the global cocaine trade.

a close up of a screen© Escobar Inc.

Now, he's got his eyes set on a new market to disrupt: smartphones.

Roberto Escobar, 71, is releasing a foldable phone through his investment company, Escobar Inc. It's called the Escobar Fold 1, and it's named after his brother.

Escobar Inc. CEO Olof Gustafsson told CNN that the screen is made of a proprietary plastic that "makes it almost unbreakable," claiming that it is the "most durable telephone screen on the market."

Prices start at $349. The phone uses Google's Android operating system.

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Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, brother of the late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar , has announced a foldable smartphone , the Escobar Fold 1 for 9. Conceptualized in the USA, the Escobar Fold 1 smartphone is being manufactured in Hong Kong. “I have made one of the first

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"Our phone has gone through rigorous testing," Gustafsson said. "The only true way to break our phone is to burn it, which I would imagine an average user would not do."

From prison to smartphones

The company was formed by Roberto Escobar in 1984 as a holding company for "assets and value protection" for the Escobar brothers, according to its website.

There were, at the time, quite a bit of them.

Pablo Escobar was reportedly responsible for trafficking 80 percent of the world's cocaine during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Forbes put Pablo Escobar on its list of the world's billionaires from 1987 until 1993. Escobar was shot and killed in December 2 in his hometown of Medellín while a fugitive from Colombian authorities.

Roberto surrendered to the police in 1992 during a crackdown of the Medellín Cartel, and he spent 10 years in prison for drug-related crimes. After his release, he set up a tour of one of his brother's homes as a business and once claimed that he discovered a breakthrough in finding a cure for AIDS.

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Foldable phones are generally considered to be the next big thing in the smartphone market. In hopes of grabbing a piece of this growing pie, Pablo Escobar ’ s brother is entering the segment with the Escobar Fold 1. Roberto Escobar is no stranger to weird products and bold statements.

The Escobar Fold 1, from Escobar Inc, is unusual for a number of reasons. Yes, there’ s the kingpin connection. Predictably, he ended up incarcerated for over a decade. The phone ’ s product page says that units will be shipped by Pablo Phone LTD — a UK-registered limited liability company.

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.

"We want to beat the competition," Gustafsson told CNN. "We figured out very fast that if we make a good telephone that folds for a reasonable price, we can sell many units. And that is what is happening now."

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