By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito
Astro, a fairly new local mobile brand in Zimbabwe today unveiled various product ranges from tablets, smartphones and Phablets at an event graced by high delegates officials from both the public and private sector which left attendees literally begging for more at Cresta Hotel, Sango Conference.
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3 hr event was officially launched by the ICT minister and courier services Hon Webster Shamu, who also pledged to support Astro with a whooping Telone- $5 million deal to see the growth of local brands via strategic synergies.
Minister Shamu also passionately spoke on how government is committed to the development of technology as it is a cornerstone of the economic development in Zimbabwe where he disclosed that after the recently constructed technology centre in Murombedzi, Government will be working into opening 5 more technology centre across the country`s provinces over the next 5 years.
“It is our thrust to also introduce state of art technology parks in Zimbabwe to see the development of ICTs and Technology in Zimbabwe and we support such local initiatives and urge all local stakeholders to join hands instead of the going the pull him down syndrome way ”, added Hon Shamu
Nigel Chanakira, the founder of Kingdom bank was amongst the high delegation team who spoke on entrepreneurial development and support for the local players to see the development of technology in Zimbabwe.
exclusive video interview with TechnoMag, Nigel Chanakira and HonWebster Shamu both pledged to increase support for the development of technology in Zimbabwe
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Pastor Tom Duetshel, the founder of Celebration Church officially opened the event with prayer and preached briefly on how to grow and nurture our God given gifts to add value in our communities before he congratulated the founder of Astro, Mr Munyaradzi Gwatidzo.
The founder and CEO of Astro Munyaradzi Gwatidzo spoke on their fresh new brands to officially hit the market in two weeks’ time amongst them a very interesting Ibho range cellphone, phablets , power surge their fascinating ibho pro smartphone.
Yes its literally written and pronounced “ibho”, a Shona colloquial word that simply means “its cool” and these also are being shipped in various forms and specs.
The power surge kit is a very unique product coming in, much in a form of a laptop replacement, 20 hour remote charging kit, blue ray player plus much more other supported functionality listed in this video here (upcoming shortly)…..
Mr Gwatidzo emphatically spoke about these game changing products during a one on one video interview with TechnoMag above and explained deeper on how they are set to take over the market.
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Mr Robert Chiwara the sales manager for Astro revealed to TechnoMag that their flagship smartphone, the iBho Pro, the 7mm inch phone with a quad core processor, 8mp pixel, 20g storage, 2g Ram and Android 4.4, (Kit Kat) will be really a first of its kind for the market coming with a price under $350 range.
TechnoMag also did a video interview with him too here (upcoming too) and we were quiet worried about the proliferation of Fake, imitations and (Chinese products) as they are literally called in Zimbabwe, being dumped into a market where our community is losing millions into unworthy products without any form of support too.
Mr Chiwara concurred that there are substandard products, both branded and unbranded being truly dumped but dismissed such fears for Astro brands promising they have a warranty support, plus backup service for all their product ranges.
infact he said” for any of our product ranges we do not charge our clients for replacing or repairing parts, infact we replace all the parts for free but only charge our clients the part replacement fee and get to repair any of our products for free”
Munyaradzi Gwatidzo said their flagship smartphone is equivalent to the Samsung galaxy S4 in specs and functionality.
TechnoMag is yet to actually sample their products and we will be briefly updating you too after test runs.
We shall update you much more in that in video interviews and pictures from the launch centre in the next few hours.