Astro Mobile Africa launches a new line of devices


Astro Mobile Africa launched a couple of mobile phones yesterday in a brand relaunch event. This line of mobile phones includes one feature phone under the name A32 GOAT and 3 smartphones that is an entry level version called the Mercury, mid range version names Mercury Nova and a phablet dubbed the Genesis Phab. Here are some quick specs of these devices.



  • Dual Sim
  • Flashlight
  • 1MP camera
  • 64MB internal memory
  • Expandable storage up to 8GB




  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB onboard storage
  • Expandable up to 32GB
  • Dual micro Sim
  • 4 inch HD display
  • 2G, 3G network connectivity
  • 1500mAh battery
  • Quad core processor

Mercury Nova


  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB onboard storage
  • Dual Sim
  • 5 inch HD LCD display
  • 2G, 3G
  • 1.3 GHz quad core Mediatek processor

Genesis Phab


  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 6 inch Full HD IPS LCD display
  • 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Up to 64GB expandable storage
  • 2G, 3G, 4G
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 6200mAh battery with quick charge
  • Infra red emitter

We cannot wait to get a hold of their devices for a detailed review to see what they have to offer. Asking price for these devices is $78 for the Mercury, $166 for the Mercury Nova and $399 for the Genesis Phab.

Here are some images from their brand relaunch yesterday.

According to its Group CEO Astro ships out 4 million devices globally per year and they claim Zambia to be their biggest market selling around 1.3 million devices in a year. Used an Astro before? Give us your thoughts.

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26 thoughts on “Astro Mobile Africa launches a new line of devices

  1. Saka iyo A32 Goat imbudzi nhai! Imbudzi iri nani zvayo.

    Not bad but can it live to the expectations of feature phone though, it needs to be rigid, withstand all the drops, and a lot more. Nokia set a bar too high for feature phones

  2. A lame phone with poor customer services. to replace a touch screen for v2 costs $80.00 which can buy a mercury fone. Marara efon wanyura vanobata mari kusvika wa**ma. if yu buy on account to rectify an normally they refer yu an agent chero akasiya basa. apa munyura mukatamba nevanhu ava. in short ishit, mbava chaidzo

  3. I purchased an Astro Virtual 1, when they launched and used it for over two years. My overall comment is that the phone is definitely not your sony/samsung etc but i used to say “muChina arinani”. Like all chinese phones, they compromise on the quality of hardware. Camera is not good in bad light (but decent otherwise), useless flash, unclear audio at high volumes, screen is useless in daylight (even with max backlight).
    For a naive user, the phone is decent and may fail to notice the shortfalls, since ari muChina arinani.

    Their aftermarket service was a disappointment for me…as the attendants just fed me lies for no apparent reason.

    My first call to their technicians was after my phone stopped charging. It stayed two months in their workshop with them telling me that they are waiting for a new board and cant release it because its already been disassembled. After my upteenth visit a new technician there told me that nothing was wrong the phone. It was a faulty a battery. No one had ever opened it!

  4. Hapana mezve fone apo, Gtel far much better. A small or a dot of a scratch on the screen haichatoshande, to replace u wil have to folk out more than $50. For cheaper strong fones, btter buy Gtel or Huawei

    1. Gtel my foot. I am in my 4th month waiting for an LCD from China. I have since moved on yet they are still getting my $36/month. Daylight robbery. Buy other brands guys.

  5. I have been privy to actually use several Astro devices and I should say I was a bit skeptical at first but after using an Astro Virtual for 2years and even passing it on to my younger brother who is still using it I felt a lot more trust in e brand and became comfortable with buying an Astro V2. My experience with it was awesome I have recently purchased a Genesis Phab the battery life is amazing after charging for only 30mins to full u can go for three days without charging it again. One other advantage of using a local brand is that u get value for your money apps that suit e local market and of coz great after service. I do believe Astro is a growing brand that is set to make waves and go places.

  6. Astro phones are the best. Bought a Virtual Note used it for a year and passed it on to my lil sister and she is still using it. Moved on to Virtual 2+ and that was early last year but iam still with it. Knowing they now have Genesis Phab iam falling in love with the specs it has and my bonus is definitely going there. To me Astro has been the best with less hustle and I like.

  7. I have had a good experience with the V2 from 2014 and it’s still going strong.I luv it.wish they could bring more devises like that.

  8. Been using Astro mobile since January 2015, and I have upgraded my phone 4 times, V2 , V2+, Slide Note and now the Genesis Phablet! Amazing camera, battery life and durable! I really appreciate this African product, and their determination to give quality products against all odds. Ngatisasvore chete hama dzangu!

  9. Ever since had never used an Astro Mobile gadget until last month when I bought their latest offering Phab, I have to admit its a worthy decision with quite a priceless experience coz the phone is a 4G, long battery life , high quality camera especially on network I like like. Keep it up Astro mobile an African brand making us proud.

  10. I had a refund and after talking to the assistant they refunded me and apologized now I have a gud relationship with them.

  11. I bought an Astro V2 in 2014 up to now I don’t have any challenges, I love the camera because it really gets the job done as compared to my iPhone S5 which pixelete images when I view them on my big screen.

  12. Astro phones are the best, I started using their phones this year with an S4.5 smart phone and it was perfoming wonders, very strong indeed such that you can drop it and think its gone but alas I would pick up the pieces and switch on and continue. Even the friend I gave the S4.5 speaks volumes about its functionality after I then upgraded to the latest genesis phab and what an experience!!!!!

  13. Astro kumberi, I have had a V2+ Ndakaidonedza it was fixed while waited, kwete zvekunzi maspares next year, I recently upgraded to Genesis Chibaba chema phone.

  14. I have had great experience w astro mobile .kubva Ku customer service yavo yavakandipa pandaiita dambudziko ne phone .I have currently upgraded to the phab am loving the batrey life handichanetseki nekutakura power bank kana magetsi akadzima handiite bp kkkk.I recently discovered SME cool staff on this new phone I can b on app chatting w m friends ndichiona hangu mavideos pa fon yangu.picture quality handichatomborevi its just mwaaa CNT wait for ma TV andakaona Ku joina shop

  15. Astro yadziya, i neva expected such from a local company. Maphone acho they are durable and the after service is very convenient. I bought a Virtual 2+ about a year ago and the camera is so fantastic. Payakatsemuka touch, it didnt take time for it to be replaced. i’m actually planing on getting the Genesis phab. Pamberi ne Astro

  16. Astro yakanyanya usanyeperwe,ws using Samsung kungofa Lcd hanzi $175,used Gtel yaingo sticka,went for 2,weeks no phne ichinzi yaendeswa kuHarare for repair from Gweru bought kaAstro mbudzi battery wld go for 4/5 days,chero kakadonha ndaingonhonga ndodzosera battery.Gtel yakangodzoka ndikatotengesa coz there ws no improvement , now using Mercury Nova,handina kana pressure .I’m now loyal to Astro

  17. I have bought Astro products from the Astro Ibho series and now have the mercury and Genesis Phab these phones are fabulous for a local brand and am satisfied. I have even given the Mercury to my son and he is really enjoying it has not any problems with the phone.

    I have even had a funbook tab which I broken the touch screen at that time they didn’t touch in stock but once they had I was notified and I went to have my touch repaired and its working perfectly.

    That’s my experience with Astro, am satisfied!

  18. A true sign of adventure and innovation from Astro am truly enjoying the services of Slide S5 doing very well for me, actually going for the Phab cant wait guys, ndaramba kusara. Astro Ndizvoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. how come the sudden change on Astro’s products and backup service, not to mention of the similarities in comments – “recently upraded to genesis phab!”
    I smell a rat. Myself I am not buying.

  20. mutumwa i agree with you, the trade on comments are too consistant you can see its one person posting using different names. as we speak i bought genesis phab this is my fourth day , they say the battery will last3 days mine lasted one and half, they say it charges within 30mins mine charged for 3hours, now i am calling the agent haachadaira fone.

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