Ever wanted to take your phone out for a nice long bath? Forget the water resistance on Sony, Samsung and now Apple devices. The Kyocera Rafre takes water resistance a little further by being a soap-and-waterproof phone. Fun fact, the Rafre is actually the second phone from Kyocera to feature soap resistance – the first one was launched in December 2015.
The Rafre is not only resistant to soap; it can also withstand hot water without any trouble. You can also use Rafre’s touchscreen with wet hands or when wearing gloves. Since the phone has a kitchen theme, it comes with a pre-installed cooking app which can be operated with hand gestures.
In terms of specs, the Kyocera Rafre is an entry-level phone, with a 5-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13-megapixel camera, a 3,000mAh battery and Android 7.0. Interestingly, the phone does not have a traditional speaker (and thus, no earpiece speaker hole, which makes it more resistant to liquids, dirt and dust). Instead, it uses the “smart sonic receiver” technology which transmits sound via vibrations — somewhat similar to Xiaomi’s Mi Mix.
The Kyocera Rafre will only be available in Japan when it launches in March. The price has not been announced yet, but we do know the phone will be available in pale pink, clear white, and light blue.