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Kyocera have developed a washable smartphone

Japanese smartphone and electronics manufacturer Kyocera have developed a smartphone that is not only waterproof but is soap-proof too!

The new handset which is called the 'Digno Rafre' features a 5" HD TFT LCD display, comes packed with 2GB RAM and has 16GB internal storage (which can be expanded via MicroSD Card).

You'll also find a 13MP rear-facing camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and a 3000 mAh battery.

More interestingly however the Digno Rafre is being toted as the world's first soap-proof phone as can be seen in the TV ad below.

Back in 2012 The Wall Street Journal sent off eight randomly selected mobile devices from a Chicago office to a lab for testing. All of the phones were found to have abnormally high levels of coliforms, a bacteria which indicates fecal contamination - nice!

Dr. Donald Hendrickson, president of HML Labs and professor emeritus of medical microbiology at Ball State University has stated that the results found suggested a lack of proper hygiene and a serious lack of hand-washing after bathroom breaks.

The Rafre is said to have a 'scratch-healing' finish as well as Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver technology which uses tissue conduction to move soundwaves to your eardrum - this means that the new handset doesn't need to have speakers.

While many handsets are waterproof rinsing them under a tap isn't enough to clean them of germs and other nasties, hence why Kyocera has made this a soap-proof mobile so you can ensure that the mobile device you regularly press up against your face can be clean and hygienic.

As with most Kyocera devices we doubt this will see a UK release.