‘At least he's not selling coke': Pablo Escobar's brother launches own folding smartphone as Twitter snorts with laughter
Added 12-04-19 08:37:02am EST - “Roberto Escobar, brother of notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo, is taking the family business in a new direction with a foldable smartphone. Launched with a bevy of glamorous Russian models, the device was met with hilarity online.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘At least he’s not selling coke’: Pablo Escobar’s brother launches own folding smartphone as Twitter snorts with laughter”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
The ‘Escobar Fold 1’ is Escobar Inc’s flagship smartphone device, selling for $350. The family is better known for its one-time dominance of the global cocaine trade, rather than mobile technology, so many are left to wonder if the new device is the real deal, or just a clever marketing campaign.
One of the promotional videos for the device was filmed in Moscow and features Russian models, including Miss Playboy Russia 2017, Kristina Yakimova. However, the models don't actually use the phone, they just pose with (and fight over) it.
A video purporting to show the device in use shows that, yes, it can fold and still apparently display properly, but otherwise there’s no actual interaction with the device. The phone hasn’t actually been reviewed yet, so no one is quite sure what to make of it all.
Some skeptics online suspect it’s simply a rebranding of an old Chinese foldable phone which predates the Samsung Galaxy and was known for its faulty hinge. Others simply couldn’t help themselves from some Narcos references.
Roberto Escobar is reportedly suing Elon Musk's Boring Company for “stealing” the idea of a consumer flamethrower, but he also plans to file a $30 billion class-action lawsuit against Apple over their smartphones.
Wow I can’t believe all the features that phone has and how well the ad describes them ... ????— HΞCTOR GRIDΞNKO ☬ (@hecxtreme) December 2, 2019
Like the guy said in the comments, “the crack in the screen is a feature.”— Isaque (@isacoky) December 3, 2019
Does it have a flamethrower?— gary (@11sparkie) December 3, 2019
At least he’s not selling coke.— Middle_Man (@MiddleManMSP) December 3, 2019
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