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New Smartphone Stands up to Soap & Water

posted: 12/03/15
by: Discovery.com Staff

Germaphobes, rejoice! A newly announced smartphone can stand up to a good ol' fashioned scrub-a-dub-dub in soap and warm water -- a welcome innovation, considering that the average smartphone harbors considerably more bacteria than a toilet in a public restroom.

The Kyocera-designed Digno Rafre has been designed for use with foaming soap -- bar soap is off the table for this iteration -- and water as hot as 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit):

 

The phone will be sold exclusively through Japanese carrier KDDI, and will retail for approximately $460, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Available in three colors, the shock-proof gadget comes fully equipped with a 5-inch LCD display, 13MP camera, 1.2GHz processor, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, Mobile Wallet capabilities and 16GB of storage space.

Those of us stuck with non-water-resistant electronics will have to settle for sterilization via ultraviolet light.

H/T WSJ

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