Robert Escobar claiming to sell 'gold-plated' iPhone 11 Pro at $499

The golden back face of the phone will have the Escobar Inc. branding embossed on it.

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In an announcement, the company said it was selling a limited number of “formerly damaged” iPhone 11 Pro phones that have been repaired and “gold-pated.”
Robert Escobar, the brother of the slain narcotrafficker Pablo Escobar, gets a high out of nibbling at Apples. In the past few months, his firm, Escobar Inc., has attempted to sell foldable smartphones, at a fraction of the cost established players like Samsung and Motorola are charging for devices with the same technology. A few tech reviewers pointed out that the Colombian company was merely repackaging the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and that most orders that were placed for Escobar Inc.’s folding phone were never delivered.

Escobar might be trying to step out of his infamous brother’s shadow, but the tactics he is deploying are eerily similar: by tweaking an in-demand product and marketing it at a lower price point. Escobar Inc. has trained its guns on a new target: Apple. His new offering, a gold-plated refurbished version of the iPhone 11 Pro (256GB) , will cost $499, less than half of what it costs to buy the device from the original seller. The original device retails for $1,149.

Robert Escobar has made no bones of his intention to become the “overstock king-pin.” In an announcement, the company said it was selling a limited number of “formerly damaged” iPhone 11 Pro phones that have been repaired and “gold-pated.” The foldable phone sold by Escobar Inc. also made similar claims, but reviewers who got access to the device testified that the gold-plating was a con job, attained by sticking a gold-tinted aluminium foil.


The iPhone 11 Pros sold by the company will reportedly ship with original accessories including earpods and the charging cable. The golden back face of the phone will have the Escobar Inc. branding embossed on it. It remains to be seen if those placing orders online will actually receive the product. If they do, it will likely be in a “luxury wooden box.”

The Cupertino-based company has also been slapped a lawsuit by Escobar for $2.6 billion over claims that his iPhone X was hacked through the company’s FaceTime app, and that a man named Diego sent him a threatening letter after learning of his address and other sensitive information through a technical flaw in the video calling app.

"This is my way of fighting Apple, I sell their phones at a lower price and mine are gold-plated with nice girls showing them off. Apple can never do that," Roberto Escobar said in a statement. Escobar Inc.’s YouTube channel has videos of women in lingerie flaunting and performing illogical acts with the company’s refurbished smartphones, including smashing them deliberately to prove their ruggedness.
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What it all really comes down to is this: “Our goal is to uphold Mr. Escobar's dreams of becoming the overstock king-pin and this is one step towards that direction," said Escobar Inc. CEO Olof Gustafsson.

From OnePlus To Xiaomi, Smartphone Makers Bring Their A-Game, Launch High-Tech Phones Amid Covid-19 Crisis
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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world as we knew it. With almost the entire world in lockdown and a large number of people in self-quarantine, the struggle to get basic necessities is taking a toll on the health of the global citizen.

However, the ongoing crisis didn’t stop some of the best smartphone makers in the world from launching their flagship phones. Several smartphone makers, like Oppo, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Huawei held ‘online-only’ launch events and announced the release of their upcoming phones.

In a bid to live up to the expectations of the tech enthusiasts amid the global pandemic, the smartphone makers brought their A-game and released nifty pieces of gadgets which were running high on tech. Here’s a look at all the smartphones that were launched in the pandemic.

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Industries and businesses across the globe are taking a hit due to the Covid-19 crisis and the world economy is in a bad shape. On April 15, in order to appeal to consumers struggling to copy with a bleak economic backdrop, Apple launched an entry level iPhone SE, which costs $399 (approximately Rs 30,642).

Apple made the announcement in a statement, forgoing the normal splashy product launch events of the past few years.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who in the past hosted large media events, limited his comments to a tweet, calling the new handset "our most affordable iPhone,"and a "fantastic option in our lineup to help you stay connected, informed and entertained."

Apple trimmed costs by leaving out some of high-end features such as facial recognition, giving iPhone SE a fingerprint sensor and a home-screen button which fans will remember from previous generations. It features a single rear camera instead of the multiple lens in the newest iPhone 11.

(With inputs from AFP)

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One of the launches that was probably the most-awaited and was being looked forward to by tech enthusiasts all around the world was the OnePlus event where OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro were revealed. The Chinese smartphone maker’s first ever online-only event took place on 14 April, as countries around the world struggled to cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

OnePlus 8, in terms of design is light, curvy and thin. In addition to Onyx Black and Glacial Green, the OnePlus 8 will be available in Interstellar Glow. It will come in two storage variants - 8GB + 128GB at $699 (approximately Rs 53,730) and 12GB + 256GB at $799 (approximately Rs 61,417).

OnePlus 8 Pro, on the other hand, sports a 120 Hz QHD+ AMOLED Display, and silky-smooth, matte-frosted touch and increased haze levels. It will come in two storage variants - 8GB + 128GB at $899 (approximately Rs 69,112) and 12GB + 256GB at $999 (approximately Rs 76,800).

Also launched at the event were Warp Charge 30 Wireless which charges 60 per cent in 30 minutes and lightweight OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z.

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With a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor, quad camera and 40W wireless charging, Oppo Ace 2 is a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone space. The new offering from the Chinese smartphone maker was launched on April 13 when the Covid-19 pandemic had reached its peak in several countries around the world.

Ironically, Oppo Ace 2 was first launched in China, which also happens to be the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Not much is known about its global availability. Interestingly, Oppo let go the ‘Reno’ brand name completely and marketed ‘Ace’ as an entirely different series.

Apart from having the fastest wireless charging, Oppo Ace 2 has a 90 Hz refresh rate along with a 65W wired charging support much like its predecessor.

The Oppo Ace 2 has been launched in China for CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs 44,000) for the 8GB/128GB version, CNY 4,399 (approximately Rs 48,000) for the 8GB/256GB model, and CNY 4,599 (roughly Rs 50,000) for the 12GB/256GB storage model.

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Come 2020, Huawei launched 3 of its much-awaited smartphone variants which are a part of the P Series: P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Huawei launched the three variants on March 26 in an online launch event.

Huawei P40 offers 5G connectivity and so do the other variants, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. P40 also comes with a HiSilicon Kirin processor and a 22.5W fast-charging support. It costs €799 which is approximately Rs 66,780.

Huawei P40 Pro comes with a HiSilicon Kirin processor, a triple rear camera setup (50 MP+40MP+12MP), 8 GB RAM and a powerful 4,200 mAh battery. The P40 Pro costs €999 which is approximately Rs 83,400.

P40 Pro+, on the other hand, also has a 4,200 mAh battery, offers a 40W wireless charging support, 8 GB RAM along with a penta rear camera setup. P40 Pro+ costs €1399 which is approximately Rs 1,16,891.

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled two smartphones, Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in an online event on March 12, which was week 2 of the coronavirus outbreak in India. Xiaomi had reportedly planned an on-ground launch event for around 2,000 people but had to cancel it due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

While the sale of Redmi Note 9 Pro was scheduled to happen on March 24 at noon, the sale for 9 Pro Max was postponed after Xiaomi’s Global VP and India MD, Manu Kumar Jain sent out a tweet announcing the sale being pushed to a later date.

Xiaomi’s Redmi series is known for striking a good balance between the price point and the features of the phone. Both 9 Pro and 9 Pro Max come with an 8nm chipset, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. While 9 Pro Max comes in 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants, 9 Pro comes in 4 GB and 6 GB variants.

Both 9 Pro and 9 Pro Max come with quad rear camera setup. With 9 Pro sports a 48+8+5+2 MP setup, Pro Max offers a 64+8+5+2 MP setup. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max 6GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 14, 999, while the 6GB/128GB storage variant costs Rs 16,999 and the top 8 GB variant is priced at Rs 18,999.

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Oppo Reno 3 Pro, the next in the Chinese smartphone maker’s list of the Reno-series, was launched at an event in New Delhi on March 2. That was the time when the number of Covid-19 cases in India were quite low and the lockdown hadn’t been imposed yet.

The Reno 3 Pro packs a powerful 4025 mAh battery with a MediaTek Helio P95 processor, 8 GB RAM, 44MP + 2MP front camera and a 64+13+8+2 MP quad rear camera.

With a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display, Oppo Reno 3 costs Rs 29,990.

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