CAT S60 Review: World toughest smartphone

CAT or CATERPILLAR is a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. CAT even has their phone division where it sells toughest smartphones. CAT has launched the first thermal imaging smartphone recently in India. So let’s take a brief look at CAT S60

DESIGN & BUILD

If you’re looking for best-rugged smartphones, then CAT S60 is one of the rugged and waterproof smartphones available in the market with 147.9 x 73.4 x 12.66 mm thickness dimensions and weight just 223g. The CAT S60 is a dual sim as both is Nano-SIM. And also with other connectivity options Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHZ, Bluetooth (v4.1), GPS, USB micro-USB 2.0, USB-OTG,NFC and 3.5mm headphone jack.

If you’re looking for best-rugged smartphones, then CAT S60 is one of the rugged and waterproof smartphones available in the market with 147.9 x 73.4 x 12.66 mm thickness dimensions and weight just 223g. The CAT S60 is a dual sim as both is Nano-SIM. And also with other connectivity options Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHZ, Bluetooth (v4.1), GPS, USB micro-USB 2.0, USB-OTG,NFC and 3.5mm headphone jack.

DISPLAY & FEATURES

The CAT S60 provides a screen display of 4.7 inches HD(720 x 1280p) a-Si AHVA capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The CAT S60 is powered by Octa-core (4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset alongside a 3GB RAM that ensures it has enough memory for a smooth multitasking. There is also a Adreno 405 GPU for gaming and smooth UI. The CAT S60 has a customized build of Android OS 6.0(Marshmallow). The CAT S60 provides 32 GB of space of internal storage with the expansion via microSD card up to 128 GB.

BATTERY

The CAT S60 comes with a 3800mAh non-removable battery. CAT S60 keeps on going with standby Time up to 43 days and Talktime up to 30 hours.

CAMERA

The CAT S60 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with an auto-focus system and a dual-tone LED flash; FLIR thermal camera. By featuring touch focus, Portrait, HDR, Back Light, Effects, Panorama. On the front, it has a 5-megapixel front camera which takes a decent selfie.

THERMAL CAMERA

The CAT S60 is the first thermal imaging smartphones which allow you to capture everything from the palm of your hand. The CAT S60 gives you live thermal imaging direct from your smartphone. FLIR Thermal imaging camera can read the temperature of the fixed centre crosshairs on the display or with multiple features that allow the user to select multiple moveable crosshairs and draw comparisons between them to show the high, low and average temperatures on the display.

Thermal imaging camera gives the user-selectable multiple colour palettes, such as black/white, iron or rainbow. The iron palette is most commonly used by home inspectors. The black/white palette helps identify details on an image, and the rainbow palette has the best thermal sensitivity for displaying the differences in temperature. See sample images below of some colour palettes.

WATERPROOF

The Cat S60 is giving you lock-down switch to shutter down the speaker and earpiece before you plan to swim or diving it deeper than 2m or 5m. In the case, if you forget to lock-down or accidentally mobile dropped into the water then Cat is giving one more option. Cat has put an app that will dry up speakers.

The micro-USB charging port, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the SOS button all these ports are covered with a flip. CAT S60 is giving you one SOS button for an emergency. Just clicking one button it will send message and location. You can find power button/unlock button and optional button at the left side and volume buttons at the right.

VERDICT

The Cat S60 is a best rugged smartphone available currently in the market with great specs, performance and a groundbreaking thermal image camera. This phone is definitely aimed at a niche market, who spend most of their time in the field and its need to be rough and tough smartphone with top features. This the ultimate smartphone  to buy for those who has a use for thermal imaging.

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