Ever Heard Of Washing Your Android Smartphone With Soap?

All phones may look all shiny, clean and new from the outside, but your cell phone is most likely one of the filthiest things you possess. The number of germs and bacteria it carries are horribly huge, which is probably the reason why Kyocera Telecom is targeting germaphobes by designing the world’s first washable smartphone.

Kyocera is a Japanese company that recently launched the DIGNO rafre in December 2015, the first ever hand soap washable smartphone. Yes, you heard it right, a washable cell phone!

A Soap-Washable Smartphone? What Could Ever Go Wrong Here?

Thinking of washing your hands and phone at the same time? Say no more. If this phone gets dirty all you have to do is lather up some soap, scrub it up a little, wash it with water and your phone is ready to be used again. No damage to the hardware or software whatsoever.

It does not end here; Kyocera has added hot water resistance as well as resistance against shock, water and dust. The back of Kyocera DIGNO rafre smartphone comes with a scratch-healing material that allows minor marks to heal on their own, making the phone look new over the years.


As this device is waterproof and soap resistant, it can be easily washed under running water. There is no risk involved of water entering the phone as it’s totally sealed to keep water and bubbles from entering in. Moreover it does not have a speaker; the sound of the phone relies on a Smart Sonic receiver which is built on the bone-conducting technology that transmits audio through vibrations on the phone’s screen.

A One of a Kind Smartphone for the Neat Freaks and Pretty Much Everybody!

The Rafre is crafted to be used in all kinds of environments without fear of getting dirty, since it can be cleaned off easily with soap and it is adaptable to all situations. According to Kyocera, its phone is ideal for use in the kitchen, outdoors, or even in the bathroom. The Kyocera DIGNO rafre has an amazing touch panel that works even when wet. At the current moment, this phone is only available to consumers in Japan; Kyocera has not launched it in the global market, although meetings are being held to introduce DIGNO rafre to customers all over the world.


  • Launch Date: December 2015
  • Form: Touch Screen
  • Dimensions: 71.00 x 141.00 x 10.10
  • Weight: 155 grams
  • Battery capacity (mAh): 3000
  • Removable battery: No
  • Colors Available: Coral Pink, Cashmere White & Marin Navy
  • Estimated Price: 467$
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • CPU: ARM cortex A 53, 1200 MHz, Cores 4
  • Gpu: Qualcomm Adreno 306, 400 MHz
  • Random Access Memory (RAM): 2 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • External memory Slot: Yes
  • External storage type: microSD
  • Storage capacity: 128 GB (External)
  • Screen size (inches): 5 inches
  • Touch screen: Yes
  • Resolution: 720×1280 pixels
  • Rear camera: 13-megapixels, 30 Fps
  • Flash: Yes
  • Front camera: 2- megapixels
  • Operating system (OS): Android lollipop 5.1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi standards supported: 802.11 b/ g/ n
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v 4.10
  • Headphones: 3.5mm
  • SIM Type: Regular
  • Connections Supported: GSM/ CDMA, 3G, 4G/ LTE
  • Proximity sensor: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Gyroscope: Yes

  • Hand sanitizers are used all over the developed countries to kill germs from any surface or object (which makes it best for removing germs from your mobile phone). But Pakistani culture being a pathetic religious one, won’t allow the production and proliferation of hand sanitizers as it has alcohol as the main germ-killing agent..!

      • Sanitizer ki tou baat hi nahi thi. Article hai soap washing cell phone. Aur yeh na janey kahan se apna manjan le kar charh dora.

    • dafaq did i just read?
      what hand sanitizers have to do with religion ?

      I always have it in my drawer.

      • then you better search about the ingredients and chemical composition of the same, and if those ingredients have any alcohol or not.

      • please don’t mind but your unkempt beard shows your association with banned or not-so-banned terrorist outfits.. :) now, if you intend to retaliate, do so in good taste..!

      • The problem is not a religious belief, it’s a lack of knowledge. The alcohol people drink is ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. The alcohol in hand sanitizers is isopropyl alcohol — a very different chemical. Drinking as little as 20 grams of isopropyl alcohol can kill a grown man.

        You should also know that hand sanitizers with less than 60% isopropyl alcohol aren’t very good at killing germs.

        • Quran bans all intoxicators (whether fit for human consumption or not). Don’t you hear about so many al-Bakistani brethren killing themselves with home-produced alcoholic beverages? Poor Al-Bakistani men (& women) would drink anything that lets them forget about the problems of this failing Islamic-experimental economy. If you had said something like the alcohol evaporates quickly from the heat of your hands/palms and is therefore not against the teaching of Quran, I would have actually gotten impressed by you!

      • yar bhai… i have criticized the mothafuckin culture… not our revered religion Islam..
        Chill kero yar…!

    • nah tumhara naam Ali hona chahye aur Nah tumaray baap ka naam Mohsin, jo baat tum ne ke hai us ke hisab se tumhara naam hona chahye Chunni Lal, ullo kay puthay, ja phir Kafir ho ja. Detol, Safeguard and all are making hand sanitizers, go use them on your shitty tongue.

    • Being this ignorant must be a talent in itself. So what if it has alcohol? As long as you’re not gulping down bottles of hand sanitizer, I don’t see a problem. Also the alcohol evaporates almost instantly after application from body heat. You may also want to look up how many things we consume on a daily basis contain alcohol: perfumes, aftershave, antiseptics like dettol, even cough syrups. So at least think before speaking. If you don’t know something, it’s better to keep quiet rather than opening your mouth and proving to the world how stupid you are.

      • I’m happy to see that we still have ‘some’ people left in Al-Bakistan which have accepted the open invitation of Quran to actually ‘think’ about things around them.
        Your point is impressive where you said it evaporates in a few seconds because of the body heat, but according to Sharia law and precedents if, after applying hand sanitizer, you touch anything wet (almost all of the foods we eat have moisture/dampness which makes them ‘wet’), you immediately transfer the nijaasat (alcohol is a nijaasat according to Sharia/Jurisprudence) to the food you’re about to consume.
        That makes hand sanitizers unlawful/haraam in an increasingly religious culture of Al-Bakistan.. (unless you are a burger kid living abroad or in some insular Defence area).

        • Lol, this reminds me of the saying: neem hakim khatra e jaan, neem mullah khatrae eman. How ironic that you talk about the Holy Quran’s open invitation to look into things but didn’t bother to do so yourself before commenting here. Do you have any idea how many types of alcohol are there? Do you know that according to Sharia law, only alcohol which has been derived from dates and grapes is filthy and impermissible to use? Look into why alcohol was prohibited on the first place.

          And, this may come as a shock to you, but even the human body contains alcohol. So by your logic, we are all Najas all the time and should never pray?

          Also another interesting fact: oxidizing ethanol (haraam alcohol) converts it into ethanoic acid (vinegar, the cure of all diseases according to Sunnah).

          • Just today I had a couple beers (Blue Moon and Heineken) for the New Year’s celebrations… since those were not extracted from either Dates or Grapes, I didn’t commit any sin.. right?

            • I suggest you recite the kalimah and see both a mufti and a psychiatrist. You’re already out of the circle of Islam, but you need some medical help as well.

              • so Prophet’s (saww) companions can drink and be merry any time and rape Kuffar’s women after that but if a poor devout follower like me sips some, he’s out of the folds of Islam.. ?? really?? and who’s telling me this? a guy who’s even unsure of what substances precisely would cause intoxication? that’s pathetic, bro.. !
                Regardless, do you think just plain recitation of Kalimah can bring me back into the coveted circle of Islam? Last time I heard, TTP terrorists killed Shiite guys on the buses enroute taftaan, they were killed although some of them were able to recite all of our 6 Kalimahs.. TTP guys still considered them as infidels.. Do you still believe this Kalimah would save me?

          • The oxidation of alcohol into vinegar takes ample amount of time. It’s not an immediate process.
            Also, camel’s piss is a panacea for a lot of diseases and problems according to Sunnah. Why don’t you start drinking that or applying that on your bruises etc.?

            • Now you’re mocking sunnah? You’re beyond all help. I only pray Allah have mercy on your soul in Akhira.

              • dear innocently cute bro.. please google these keywords, “Sunnah” “Camel Urine/piss”.. and then read for as long as you can fathom the (weird) Sunnah science..!

            • all the gulf-returned fellow countrymen have the words “Al-Bakistan” (arabic version of Pakistan) written on their car number plates.. I didn’t come up with this pathetic term..

              • Yes, I’ve seen many “Al-Bakistan” plates, which also say (oddly enough) “Punjab” not “Bunjab”.

                Regardless, you are trolling here.

                • though our discussions, not very specific to the topic of the article, are very pertinent to the current dilemmas of a typical young pakistani…
                  Though it’s not completely fair to flag me as a troll, regardless, it’ll take some time for the Admins to delete my posts or ban me, until then, you can keep revisiting and re-reading my posts and perhaps discuss some more interesting stuff with me..

      • Taha Najam bhai.. Agar ab aap pyaray Nabi (saww) k maanNay walay ho aur un se sachi mohabbat kerte ho, aur Islam k sachay payrokaar ho tau.. don’t indulge into and don’t consume any of the alcoholic products you mentioned above. Meri is post per amal kerne se Shaitaan aap ko rokay ga.. us ko jeetnay mat dein.. khudaara!! :)

        btw, you’ll get unlimited access to alcoholic products in Al-Jannah! So have trust in the documented future promises of Allah, you’ll have your fair share of boo*z and pu*sis in Jannah!

        • This comment singlehandedly captures everything that is wrong with the so called Muslims of today. No wonder we are humiliated everywhere in this world and if this keeps up, we’ll be humiliated in the akhira as well.

          • Seems like you disagreed with the contents of my response, which apparently means that you ridiculed the teachings and orders or Quran and Sunnah. If you were in front of me, I would have blamed you of blasphemy and of ridiculing our beloved Prophet and then I would have come after you with a mob of crazy fellow fanatic Muslim brethren and beat you to death or perhaps burnt you alive. Alas! with this electronic form of discourse, it won’t be possible unless I track your IP address and come at your door with a re-incarnation of Ghazi Ilmuddin Shaheed.

            • You’re only proving my point. With munafiqs like you infiltrating our religion and acting as the upholders of true belief, i dread what’s in store for us in akhira. May Allah give you guidance.

              • Rest assured, this silly chat of yours won’t be shared with anyone at Plastiflex Films..!

                  • I’d do my best not to share any of this… you’re my cute little bro… who is trying to use his mental faculties.. and what’s really appreciable is the fact that you haven’t yet completely lost your temper (unlike rest of the Al-Bakistanis or fellow muslims).. I know, it’s not an easy thing to tolerate someone with significantly contrasting beliefs than yours.

                    • Nah, I find you highly amusing, so why would I get angry? You don’t get angry watching a monkey doing monkey things in a zoo do you? Even if starts throwing things at you from his cage. Also, I would suggest you to use your own mental faculties once in a while, but I have a feeling you’re already too far gone.

            • You mean I ridiculed your version of the Quran and Sunnah? Sorry but I don’t convene among infidels. But alas, our society today is filled with two faced mushriks like you.

              • firstly you gave me my new version of Quran and Sunnah (thankyou for this gift)… secondly, you called me an infidel (which all Muslims historically love to call each other),.. but then how come I have a Quran and Sunnah though I’m an infidel?… Thirdly, you label me as a Mushrik.. which is a whole different breed of human,.. having a different version of Quran and Sunnah, per your first allegation, precludes that I’m a believer of Allah..

  • Can anyone explain mechanism mentioned for sound production. any reference etc

    “It does not have a speaker; the sound of the phone relies on a Smart Sonic receiver which is built on the bone-conducting technology that transmits audio through vibrations on the phone’s screen.”

    • Read the wikipedia article on bone conduction. Though with that logic, you can only hear the phone when you place it to your face.

  • It’s really reassuring to hear a typical intolerant religious Al-Bakistani howling publically. Reassuring in the sense that this country and its people have not changed and would never change..!

    • No we will not change because we love our Deen and we fear Allah and obey Prophet Muhammed, you please leve this country and go live with the kufars, because you are from them and not from muslims.

      • Something’s grossly wrong with your thinking approach, bro..!

        As far as living with ‘kufars’ is concerned, I’m already doing that.

        But you need to be more tolerant toward people with different thinking styles, faith, culture and backgrounds.

        Please don’t follow the maulvis of Jummah’s Khutba.. they are the reason why you’re acting like an imbecile..!

  • You’re talking about pure isopropanol. In most hand sanitizers, isopropanol is an inactive ingredient. Besides, soap and alcohol cause irritation in the stomach causing you to vomit before the toxic substances can seep into your bloodstream.

    • False. Isopropanol “is* an active ingredient in sanitizers. It needs to be at least 60% isopropanol to kill germs effectively (30ml in a 50ml bottle).

      A simple web search would’ve revealed that.

      • You need to improve your searching skills because even on the internet and on the hande sanitizer I have, the ingredients list isopropanol under inactive ingredients and ethanol 65% is the active ingredient.

        • I… did perform a web search, before asking you to perform one. Why would I ask you to search online if the links would refute my comment?

          If you search for hand sanitizers without ethanol, you will find that the active ingredient is isopropanol. You’ll get a different result if you search for sanitizers without alcohol, since isopropanol is an alcohol. The US FDA recommends using either ethanol or isopropanol. Here’s a small list of options: http://www.drugs.com/otc/isopropyl-alcohol.html

          The World Health Organization offers two effective methods for producing sanitizing lotions by using locally sourced materials, and one of them uses isopropanol only: http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf

          Your data point notwithstanding, you *can* find alcohol-based ethanol-free hand sanitizers, and their active ingredient *is* usually isopropanol.

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