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Kyocera demoed its Torque G02 and Digno Rafre devices here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (though they were announced a few months before the show). The former is saltwater resistant, while the latter can be washed with soap.

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Getting a bit messy

The 5-inch Digno Rafre can be washed with soap, unlike most waterproof phones. That comes in handy when you happen to spill food or get some grease on your device.

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Ready for a wash

The Digno Rafre is only sold in Japan so far. The majority of phones sold there are waterproof.

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Scrubbing it well

Soap has detergents, which can dry out the rubber seals and gaskets inside regular waterproof devices and make them brittle.

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Rinsing away the mess

The Digno Rafre, however, has gaskets and seals made of different, more durable materials, that are protected against these corrosive and drying elements.

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Warm up to the water

The device can also be washed in water as warm as 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius).

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Seawater ready

Because salt is corrosive, most waterproof handsets are only protected against freshwater. The Torque G02, however, can withstand a dip in saltwater, so don't be afraid to take it swimming in the ocean.

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Novel, but niche

Though these phones are still pretty niche, it's still to see Kyocera taking the steps needed to bring us towards the ultimate dream: being able to use our phones anywhere, anytime, without having to worry about them breaking.

Check out more of CNET's coverage of MWC here.

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