Caterpillar is a company known for its rugged machinery and the apparels business. However, it has also been coming up with some rugged flagship phones and the new S60 seems to be its latest produce. The new S60 comes with some mind boggling features like the Flir thermal imaging camera and the first waterproof rating that allows it to be immersed up to 5 meters for a maximum time period of one hour.
Cat has literally packed the Flir’s standalone thermal camera in the S60 and the sensor will still offer the same functionalities as its standalone counterpart. Apart from producing a live thermal image, it also measures the surface temperature and has the ability to record both stills and video, albeit in VGA resolution. The thermal camera can be extensively used in rescue missions and the overall ruggedness of the phone is also expected to find appeal with a certain niche of buyers.
On a nutshell, the Cat S60 is pretty much well equipped with 4.7-inch display at 720p, Snapdragon 617 paired with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of on-board storage along with microSD card slot. On the imaging front, the S60 offers a 13-Megapixel primary sensor and a 5-Megapixel secondary sensor. Just like the other waterproof phones, the Cat S60 comes with rubber lids for the mic and earphone openings, which once closed the phone can be taken at depths of up to 5-metres, way beyond the 1.5-metres water proofing other devices come with. The S60 comes backed with a 3,800mAh battery pack and it will run on Android Lollipop 5.1.
The ruggedness of the phone we were talking about till now is bought upon by the Gorilla Glass 4 which has been further thickened to 1 mm and the chassis is made up of a toughened plastic composite. The phone seems to have already survived drop tests of 1.8 meters multiple times, thus ensuring that the phone can withstand the impact on different natural angles.
The Cat S60 is priced at $599 and considering the extra set of rugged features it offers the price tag seems justifiable. While most of us might find the phone to be weird in shape and expensive, we need to understand that it is meant to for a certain niche of buyers for whom the only features that would matter the most will be the ruggedness of the phone.