Kyocera Rafre – Washable Android Smartphone, Exclusive In Japan

Japan-based company Kyocera has introduced a new android smartphone – the Kyocera Rafre that features resistance to hot water and a Touchscreen that can be used even when the user’s hands are wet or when wearing gloves. The smartphone will be released in March 2017 in Japan. However, it is unclear whether the smartphone will launch globally.

Kyocera Rafre

Kyocera Rafre is not the first washable smartphone that the company has launched while the company said, “the smartphone is a successor to the original DIGNO rafre, which launched in December 2015 as the world’s first hand-soap-washable smartphone. In addition the resistance against foaming hand soap, the second-generation model possesses resistance to foaming body soap.” That means, the new device is resistant to both foaming hand and body soap, while its predecessor phone was only one resistant to the former.

Kyocera Rafre Features

The smartphone features a 5 inch Full HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels. And the device measures 142 × 71 × 10.4 mm, while weighs 158 grams.

The phone runs on the latest generation Android 7.0 Nougat operating system while the company hasn’t reveal information about processor. The device is equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, there is also a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion.

As for the camera, the smartphone has a 13 megapixel rear camera with auto phase detection, auto-focus and auto HDR. On the front, there is a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. The new device comes with Kyocera’s proprietary image-processing AINOS Engine, which enable the users to take clear photos in low-light conditions.

The smartphone is equipped with MIL-STD-810G, IPX5, IPX8 and OP5X, which translates to the phone being water, dust and shock resistant. In addition, there is also a Smart Sonic Receiver technology, which uses vibrations in order to transmit sound using device’s display.

Other features included a Blue light Cut app, which ease on the eyes and reduction of eye fatigue during prolonged usage and a special  Cooking app that’s allows users to scroll through recipes, set timers and answers through hand gestures without the touch to display.

The phone boasts a 3,000mAh battery and available in three color option: Pale-pink, clear white and light blue.

Kyocera Rafre Specs

  • 5 inch Full HD display
  • 1280 × 720 pixels
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Pale-pink, clear white and light blue

Kyocera Rafre Price

The company has not announced the price detail of the washable smartphone yet.

Kyocera Rafre Release Date

Release Date March 2017