Kyocera Rafre is a washable smartphone that works when wet


When you really stop to think about it, smartphones are grimy little gadgets. The Kyocera Rafre is a solution for folks that want to keep their smartphone clean at all times, and it has some very interesting features that will be of interest of germaphobes.

If the name Kyocera Rafre sounds familiar there is a good reason for that. It is the follow-up to the Digno Rafre which was announced towards the end of 2015. That handset was like this one in regards to its water-resistant nature, but was underwhelming under the hood. The Kyocera Rafre specifications have improved somewhat, but it’s all about the features with this one, not the specs.

The Kyocera Rafre main claim to fame is the fact you can wash it in the sink like you would a dish. That’s right, you can use hot water and hand soap or wash to give it a quick scrub on a moment’s notice. What’s more it will work while your hands are wet, which is great if you’re cooking or get caught in a downpour. On that note, it comes with a cooking app as well that lets you do things like take call or pick through recipes with gestures in case you have sticky digits.



In addition to its waterproof nature, the Kyocera Rafre has some cool tech in the earpiece. It uses the company’s Smart Sonic Receiver tech which uses vibrations to ensure call clarity even in noisy environments. Blue Light reduction is also include the Blue Light Cut app so your peepers can get a break when they need it. As for the Kyocera Rafre specifications, not much has changed…

Kyocera Rafre specifications

  • 5-inch TFT LCD display 1,280 x 720
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of expandable storage
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, GPS
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0
  • IPX8/IPX5/IP5X, MIL-STD-810G

If the Kyocera Rafre has piqued your interest, there’s a bit of bad news unless you live in Japan. This one probably won’t leave its homeland, and there was no price given although we know it drops in March. It certainly isn’t a handset for everyone, but could find a home with consumers like to have a clean handset or need one that’s a bit more durable than most.



Adam is a techie, who loves new gadgets and all things Westeros. Android is his OS of choice, and Pizza is his nemesis.

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