Smartphone users have taken plethora of approaches in protecting their devices, ranging from slapping plastic cases to drop-poof ceramic-alike safeguard. But companies like CAT – known for its construction works – offers a more glorious alternative.
Introducing the brand-new $599 CAT S60, built jointly by Caterpillar and Bullit Mobile, is a military-grade phone that gives you the ultimate sense of security from any physical threats in the nature. Additionally, it comes with a unique feature that only those who work in the defense industries are keen about – a thermal camera. What can you expect from it? How about the overall specifications? Let’s dig it out below.
- Indestructible form factor
- Unique thermal camera
- Sharp display
- Way too pricey compared to casual phones
The moment you saw and grasp the device, it instantly feels invincible. The carbon fiber frame coupled with stainless steel alone are more than enough to convince anyone that this phone was meant to operate under the most harsh conditions. The drop-proof certification allows the device to literally take the damage from up to 1.8m for nothing. While the water-proof IP68 certification allows it to swim down to 5 meters deep. You can take this beast to survive extreme temperatures from as cold as -13 degrees F (-25 degress C) to as hot as 131 degrees F (55 degrees C).
Physically speaking, it’s really bold and heavy compared to current smartphone standard. With 13mm thick and 225 grams, even those with big palms will eventually get tired holding it.
The CAT S60 features 4.7-inch display with HD (720p) resolution. At 312 ppi, this is actually crispy for a military-grade phone. The screen is further protected with Gorilla Glass 4.
Powering the rugged device is the 1.5Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 617 paired with 3GB of RAM. The Adreno 405 is there to aid the graphical duties, while a 32GB of inbuilt storage is backed up by a dedicated microSD slot (up to 256GB).
What really makes it stand out is the thermal camera. The developer, Flir has made the exact technology to be enjoyed by everyone in the US military and Formula One, and now offering it to mainstream consumers. It can identify heat signature of objects up to 100 feet (33 meters) away within a temperature range of -4 to 248 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to 120 degrees Celsius).
While carrying extravagant features, the heat sensor only produces VGA (640 x 480) resolution, which will remind you of 2005 low-range phone cameras. But, if you want to capture normal images, just stick to the 13MP primary camera which has a dual LED flash and autofocus. The front-facing camera is 5MP which is just standard.
It packs 3800 mAh battery which will easily pass a day when fully charged, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow that doesn’t get customized too much.
Conclusion: As a mainstream user just like many of you, we found the thermal camera is fun to play with, but got no further use of it. CAT does specifically cater those who work under extreme conditions, like mining workers, military troops, or scientists conducting a research in remote areas who demand for a indestructible communication line. So if you are one of them, we have no doubt that you should grab this beast.