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 to 43℃/110℉ bath water, should you want to use it there.
Kyocera has gone out of its way to test the device to make sure you can scrub it up with foam soap when it gets smothered in ketchup from your omurice. It has a self-healing coat on the back to help protect from abrasions and chemical wear.
You want to know how to wash the darn thing, huh?
And hey, why not get the rest of the specs?[table]
Screen size,5 inches
Resolution,1280 x 720
Pixel density,294 ppi
SoC,Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Camera,13-megapixel rear / 2-megapixel front
Build,Self-healing coat on back
Dimensions,141 x 71 x 10.1mm / 155g[/table]
Really, we’re just more amazed at the lengths Kyocera has gone to promote this stuff. Maybe this could replace the Brigadier we have here. Also, what’s a Rafre?
The DIGNO Rafre comes to KDDI au next Friday for ¥41,040 ($335 as of this post).