Japan is a unique smartphone market in that it has some fairly deep store shelves for waterproof devices. Yep, the country that brought fish sausages as styli to capacitive touchscreens really enjoys bathing and texting simultaneously. Sharp’s got those types covered and so does Kyocera now with a new phone that can also handle … soap.
The Kyocera DIGNO Rafre is MIL-SPEC rated for four-foot drops and is also marked IPX5/8 for liquid spray and immersion resistance.The screen, protected by Dragontrail® X glass, functions in water and the device can withstand up [...]
The folks at Caterpillar at back at it again. In addition to the yellow backhoes, drill rigs and articulated trucks, Caterpillar also puts out phones it contracts the Bullitt Group to make. We’ve covered rugged phones from Cat and Kyocera before. Now, we’re hearing of the companies’ newest rugged phone running Android 5.1.
Meet the Cat S40. It’s not the snappiest thing around, but it will put up a defense against the elements:Component DescriptionScreen size 4.7 inchesScreen type IPS LCDGlass type Corning Gorilla Glass [...]
We’ve seen hapless Sony try and try and try again to popularize smartphone design that had native waterproofing. Samsung’s had a bit more success with it’s Galaxy S Active series of phones. And relying on sheer popularity, hydrophobia-mania turned the Samsung Galaxy S5 into the lay people’s beach phone. For a long time, we’ve seen Apple pass on the water works to accessories manufacturers for each iteration of the (undercover waterproof) iPhone.
Good news: maybe not anymore. Bad news: just maybe.
According to a source on Weibo, [...]