Apple may have to worry about Samsung in the smartphone wars. But no one could've guessed its biggest problem might come from Pablo Escobar's brother.
Roberto Escobar, the brother of notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, is launching a foldable smartphone he says, is designed to take on--and dominate--Apple in the smartphone business.
Dubbed the Escobar Fold 1, the handset comes with a foldable design similar to the new Motorola Razr or Samsung Galaxy Fold. It runs on Android 9.0, putting it in direct competition with most other Android phones on the market. But with dual octa-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 processors, it might be one of the more powerful options out there. Add that to dual cameras featuring 20- and 16-megapixel sensors and a 7.8-inch full-HD+ screen when the foldable is unfolded and it sounds downright impressive.
Best of all, it comes with a price tag of just $349.
Interestingly (or not), Escobar told Digital Trends in an interview that he designed the smartphone with security and privacy in mind. He said that the phone will be hard for law enforcement and governments to scan with technologies like Bluetooth. It also comes with a metal layer to block RFID and other remote communications.
"I will not say that it is 100% secure, but what I will say is that all other phones like Apple and Samsung are 100% open to all governments in the world," Escobar told Digital Trends. "We are not."
In addition to security, Escobar's Digital Trends interview suggested he seems to have a real distaste for Apple.
He noted that phones similar to the Escobar Fold 1 can cost more than $1,000. He said he was able to get the price down on his phone by cutting out carriers and other "middlemen" that can drive up the price. His phone comes unlocked and can be used on any carrier network out of the box.
"I have told many people that I would beat Apple and I will," he told Digital Trends.
But he's not just willing to stop at beating Apple at retail. He also told Digital Trends that he's planning to launch a class-action lawsuit on behalf of American consumers next year. He said the lawsuit will be to the tune of $30 billion and center on Apple "selling worthless phones to consumers, overpriced."
Apple isn't the only tech company Escobar has criticized. In 2016, he demanded $1 billion from Netflix over its drug cartel show Narcos. Earlier this year, he accused Elon Musk and The Boring Company with intellectual property theft after the company released its flamethrower.
Now, though, he's turned his attention to Apple. And those who want what he's selling can get it now exclusively on Escobar's website.