Kyocera Launches a New Soap Proof, Washable Phone

What all things you can imagine of washing in your day to day life?? May be utensils, clothes, vehicles and even the exterior of some of the electronic gadgets like television refrigerator etc. But have you ever imagined of washing your cell phone using soap and water? Yes you heard it right — Kyocera one of Japan’s multinational electronics producing company have introduced a new soap proof washable phone – DIGNO Rafre.

The Rafre is designed to be used in all type of environments without any fear of getting dirty as you can wash it by just using soap and water. You may just object by saying that water proof phones are no new inventions in the market. But there is a small change, other water proof phones are not designed to withstand the friction and disturbances caused during scrubbing and washing but the new washable phone DIGNO Rafre gets as edge in this case.

The Rafre is said to have a touch panel that works even when you use your wet hand on the screen or even when the whole screen is wet. Rafre is also resistive to scratches that may come when you scrub while washing. The Rafre also has bone conducting technology that provides audio without speakers.

Specifications of New Washable Phone

The Kyocera Digno Rafre comes with 2 GB of RAM. The phone packs 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128 GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Kyocera DIGNO Rafre packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear.

New Soap Proof, Washable Phone

The Kyocera DIGNO Rafre runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 3000 mAh non removable battery. It measures 71.00 x 141.00 x 10.10 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 155.00 grams. The Kyocera DIGNO Rafre is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a regular SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope. This product is expected to hit the market by next week.

This phone is apt for children and germaphobes who usually drop their phone in their meals while taking pictures. One more advantage Kyocera claims is that it would help people to take bath tub selfies and the phone even comes with duck shaped floating stand.

More importantly, the innovation would provide an easy solution for removing the germs collected on the surface of phones which has been the concern for many germaphobes. Recent studies have found that handsets gather germs, including Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus mycoides, from hands, bathrooms and public transport. One study in particular found that particularly dirty phones can be covered with ten times more bacteria than a public toilet seat, including faecal matter.

While waterproof phones have been around for years, but creating soap-resistant washable phones has proved more difficult. But finally the human race have achieved another milestone.

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