Local mobile devices and software company, Astro has unveiled their new flagship smartphone, the Astro Virtual 2, at an event held in Harare tonight. The Astro Virtual 2 succeeds the Astro Virtual (1) and it’s the first mobile device they have announced this year.
Speaking at the launch, Astro CEO Munyaradzi Gwatidzo said the Astro Virtual Phone is the thinnest and lightest smartphone in the world. The Astro Virtual 2 is 6.5mm thin and weighs 120 grams. That it’s the world’s thinnest phone is ofcourse not true. A quick Google search is all you really need. There’s a Chinese phone brand called Gionee which, at 5.5mm thickness, is already is the thinnest in the world. There’s the Vivo X3 too whose thickness is just 5.75mm. So, no.
Forget brands not available locally; Huawei Ascend P6 is 6.2mm which makes it thinner than the Astro’s V2. The Huawei Ascend P6 also weighs 120 grams.
I managed to ask Gwatidzo if he knows about the Huawei Ascend P6 and he said he does not believe that the Huawei Ascend P6 is really 6.2mm thin. His argument is Huawei as well as other claimed thinnest devices on measure the metal strip and leave out the covers around the device – giving them a false thinness. Weak. That aside, why Astro feels the need to lie about this is beyond us.
Gwatidzo also says Astro spent 6 months developing the Astro Virtual 2 (or simply V2) which is also kitted with trim covers, an 18MP rear camera and a 5″ FHD Corning Gorilla Glass protected touchscreen.
Astro Virtual 2 Specs
|Dimensions||6.5mm, 120 grams|
|Display||5" FHD, Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen|
|Memory||16 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|Camera||18 MP, LED flash, Secondary: 5 MP,|
|O.S||Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.4 (KitKat)|
|Processor||Quad-core 2.5 GHz,|
|Features||Astro Mobi Store, GoEnterprise App|
Astro is asking people to part with $499 just to get their hands on the Astro Virtual 2. Incidentally that’s just $1 less than the going price of the Huawei Ascend P6, which we already feel is kinda pricey. So yes, the price is a bit on the up side but we will have better judgement after a full review.
The Astro Virtual 2 comes with the Astro Mobi Store pre-installed and a new enterprise app called the Work Space app or GOenterprise. Astro says they have made good progress with the Astro Mobi store which now has all payment options available and a sizable chunk of local content already available on the store.