Astro Mobile launches home-made tablet


ASTRO Mobile on Friday launched its home-made eight-inch Funbook (tablet) in Bulawayo with a variant of amazing features.



The Funbook is loaded with different features such as Android 4,1,2, pre-installed Bible, eight mega pixel camera, two Gig Ram, quad core processor 1‘5 GHz, voice call function, bluetooth 3,0/ WiFi, eight inch HD screen, application that can open any format of pictures or videos and application for local and international newspapers.


“We are the Zimbabwean brand with global standards and our aim is to raise Zimbabwe’s flag high,” the Astro marketing manager Robert Chiwara said.

“We have done all the designs which suit the local application. For example you can be able to convert the English Bible to your local language,” he added.


Chiwasha also said their product is very much different from any other tablets because theirs is portable and comes with preinstalled software.

“The tablets that are here are cumbersome to handle, but ours is portable. It also comes with preinstalled software,” Chiwara said.

“Since it’s a local product, we can explain better the functionality. We just also don’t offer products, but we also offer solutions in terms of software development,” he added. The Funbook also comes with a new payment system called Pay It.

This system allows anyone with a smartphone to receive payment through a normal ATM card.


Astro has four branches and more than 40 distributors in Zimbabwe.

Three branches are in Harare and one in Bulawayo.

They have been into this industry for about two years now.

In Bulawayo they have been operating for about two months. They offer different gadgets, including smart phones, accessories and spares.

“We want to take over smart gadget industries which include smart phones and tablet personal computers. Our biggest aim is to revolutionise the internal sector market,” Chawara said.


The Funbook costs $399 with a guarantee of 12 months.



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