Escobar Fold 2 revealed to be Samsung Galaxy Fold with different stickers

midian182

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Back in December, it was reported that Escobar Inc. was launching a $349 foldable phone called the Escobar Fold 1 that was obviously a rebranded Royole FlexPai. The successor, the Escobar Fold 2, is another rebrand, this time of the Galaxy Fold. As shown by YouTube tech reviewer Marques ‘MKBHD’ Brownlee, little effort went into hiding the fact it's one of Samsung’s devices.

At around the 6:50 mark In Brownlee’s video, he uses a box cutter to scrape off the gold stickers on the Escobar Fold 2, revealing the Samsung logo underneath—not that we needed any more evidence, considering it uses One UI and the same design as the Galaxy Fold.

According to another YouTube channel, Mrwhosetheboss, Escobar Inc. CEO Olof Gustafsson said the company bought Galaxy Folds that failed Samsung’s quality control standards, were returned units, and were classed as overstock by retailers who overestimated how many would sell.

To sell the Escobar Fold 1 at $350 and the Escobar Fold 2 at $400 when the Royole Felxpai starts at $1,490 and the Galaxy Fold is $1,980, Escobar Inc. saves money by shipping just the phone and charging cable in the box, nothing else. But it’s speculated that it’s able to operate at such a loss by simply not sending out the majority of the phones. Many people have complained they haven’t received their Fold 1 months after placing an order, and while they have been told they’ll be upgraded to the Fold 2 for free, that promise sounds dubious. As noted by Brownlee, the company is likely sending devices to tech journalists like him for promotion purposes, while ignoring actual customers' orders.

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cliffordcooley

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Not that I would want a folding phone. But thanks for sharing the name of this scamming business. Keep us updated on all of them.
 

Godel

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Well if you don't like their service you can always go to their company's headquarters in Medellín, Colombia and complain!
 
What did you think, that escobar's brother was making phones in his basement? ever hear of a thing called rebranding? have you ever bought an iron? well, guess what, every single iron in the world is made in one company in china. toasters, about the same. motherboards, chips, cameras, etc. etc. also, I don't know why you had a problem with getting your order. I had heard early on that this was most likely a galaxy fold and with the galaxy being sold for 1500 or more everywhere I was hoping the escobar was a fold when I ordered one within a few weeks after it came out. it took 16 days for the phone to arrive at my door and I'm still using it. can't beat it for a little over 400 dollars. I stripped all the labels from the phone but I was able to find an escobar case for it.
 

captaincranky

Posts: 16,522   +5,328
What did you think, that escobar's brother was making phones in his basement? ever hear of a thing called rebranding? have you ever bought an iron? well, guess what, every single iron in the world is made in one company in china. toasters, about the same. motherboards, chips, cameras, etc. etc. also, I don't know why you had a problem with getting your order. I had heard early on that this was most likely a galaxy fold and with the galaxy being sold for 1500 or more everywhere I was hoping the escobar was a fold when I ordered one within a few weeks after it came out. it took 16 days for the phone to arrive at my door and I'm still using it. can't beat it for a little over 400 dollars. I stripped all the labels from the phone but I was able to find an escobar case for it.
After hearing your glowing recommendation, I'm going to order one of these for myself tomorrow!

I don't know how Escobar is able to sell a phone that likely cost damned near his selling price to build, but I'm on board with it, and I want one with all my heart and soul..

Thanks for coming by and sharing your good fortune with us.