Kyocera unveil new washable Rafre smartphone


Japanese electronics company Kyocera Corporation has revealed its upcoming Rafre smartphone.

The product is the successor to the Kyocera DIGNO Rafre model, which was billed as the world’s first hand-soap-washable smartphone when it was released in December 2015.

The Kyocera Rafre smartphone is resistant to foaming hand soap and foaming body soap, cold and hot water, and can be used on rainy days when your hands are wet or when you’re wearing gloves.

Both the original DIGNO Rafre model and the upcoming new Rafre model have been advertised as ideal smartphones to use when relaxing in the bathtub, and the DIGNO Rafre model even came with a rubber duck stand for such use.

The device is equipped with a special cooking app that allows users to browse recipes, set cooking times and even answer calls through hand gestures rather than having to touch the display with ingredients-coated fingers.

These are not the Kyocera’s only notable features; the smartphone comes with a 13MP rear camera with phase detection auto-focus and auto HDR for automated clear shooting through light and shade recreation, plus the company’s image-processing AINOS Engine,  which is designed to allow users to take crystal clear pictures in low-light conditions.

One of the reasons why the device is so water resistant is due to its lack of an earpiece speaker. Instead, the smartphone features Kyocera’s proprietary Smart Sonic Receiver technology that uses vibrations to transmit sound to your eardrum via the phone’s display. This allows the device to perform better than most smartphones even when in the most noisy of environments.

The Kyocera Rafre smartphone comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, and runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Unfortunately it will only be available in Japan from March in three colours: Pale Pink, Clear White and Light Blue, but let’s hope we can get our hands on it very soon!

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