Pablo Escobar’s brother launches folding phone (and trash-talks Apple)

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Pablo Escobar’s brother launches folding phone (and trash-talks Apple)
Move over iPhone!
Photo: Escobar Inc.

Plenty of smartphone manufacturers have taken shots at Apple in their marketing materials. Then again, not every company is owned by the brother of late Colombian Medellín Cartel founder Pablo Escobar. In fact, only one is.

With his eye on Apple, Escobar’s brother has launched the Escobar Fold 1, a new $349 folding Android phone. And “Apple Boy Steve” features prominently in its marketing materials.

Deja vu: Galaxy Fold reviewer reports screen problem after just one day

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Apple invents a unique, no-crease folding iPhone screen
Is it time to give up on the Galaxy Fold?
Photo: Samsung

Samsung might be facing another Galaxy Fold display fiasco less than 24 hours before the device is set to launch in the U.S.

After canceling the Fold’s original April 26 launch date, Samsung spent months redesigning certain parts of the display to be more durable. According to at least one reviewer of the device though, it appears that Galaxy Fold display could still be very fragile.

Watch an army of robots try to destroy Samsung Galaxy Fold

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Galaxy Fold
Galaxy Fold looks so futuristic.
Photo: Samsung

Ready to prove the haters wrong, Samsung published a new video today showing off the folding capabilities of its new folding phone, the Galaxy Fold.

Samsung created some small robots that fold the Fold open and closed thousands of times in a day to see how durable its flexible display truly is. The displays still haven’t been fondled by members of the press yet, so this is the closest thing we’ve seen to a durability test on the futuristic phone.

Watch the Fold bend over backwards again and again and again:

$2,600 Huawei folding phone makes Samsung’s look cheap

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The Huawei Mate X folding phone
The wait for the Mate X continues.
Photo: Huawei

When jaws dropped at the $1,980 price of Samsung’s first folding phone, Huawei said “Hold my beer.” The Chinese company just took the wraps of its own flexible handset that will go for a mind-blowing €2,299 (roughly $2,600).

Of course, the Mate X is loaded  with truly cutting-edge features, especially a 6.6-inch screen that opens to 8 inches. There’s also 5G. 

If nothing else, these two models should cut down on the criticism of the price of the iPhone XS Max, which looks relatively cheap at a mere $1,099.

Motorola’s relaunched Razr could cost more than iPhone XS

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Razr2
Expect a bit of a design overhaul since the last time you saw the Razr.
Photo: OptoScalpel/Wikipedia CC

Motorola is planning to bring back its popular pre-iPhone line of Razr handsets — but don’t expect it to cost what a cellphone cost back in the early 2000s.

According to a new report, Motorola’s revived flip phone brand could carry a price tag of $1,500 when it launches. In other words, it’s trying to take on the iPhone, a handset whose popularity helped cement the Razr’s fate, with a new phone that costs more than Apple’s flagship. We’ll give it to Motorola: That’s a bold strategy!