Thursday, December 3, 2015

Kyocera DIGNO Rafre: The First Smartphone That Is Not Afraid Of Soap

Earlier today Japanese carrier KDDI introduced a brand new Kyocera smartphone called the “DIGNO Rafre”. It’s a strange moniker; we admit, but regardless, the handset’s highlight is its waterproof capabilities and its rugged nature.
However, it’s interesting to note that the DIGNO Rafre is not exclusively aimed at prospective customers with a more active or extreme lifestyle. Instead, the Rafre seems to have been designed to withstand the dangers of being exposed to household elements as well. It’s waterproof; it can be washed with soap, and the back panel is treated with a self-healing coating.
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Kyocera DIGNO Rafre Officially Announced

I’m afraid KDDI was not too keen on revealing the exact hardware components that make the DIGNO Rafre tick, but the carrier did mention a 13 MP “high-quality camera”, and a large capacity battery that should provide up to 1,300 minutes of talk time.
The official press release also mentions that the display is protected by Dragontrail X glass as opposed to Corning Gorilla Glass, adding that the rear panel is also treated with a coating capable of self-healing from mild scratches that may occur from daily usage. It sounds like something you’d usually find on the LG G Flex series, but judging by the promo video below it looks like Kyocera focuses more on the handset’s waterproof (or soap-proof) capabilities rather than its other ruggedized characteristics.

The Kyocera DIGNO Rafre will be officially launched in Japan on December 11. The carrier failed to name a price for the device, and since most hardware specifications remain unknown, we can’t actually make any predictions regarding its cost.
Assuming that the Kyocera DIGNO Rafre would hit the shelves outside of Japan and in your region, would you consider buying it?

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