If you are a field worker, a construction worker, or basically someone who always put your phone at risks, Cat Phones will have you covered and with the new Cat S61, it will even have tradesmen covered too – thanks to the enhanced FLIR thermal imaging, built-in laser assisted measuring and indoor air quality sensor. I know it is hard to believe, but the new S61 does indeed carry those features as standard and that kind of make it a tool. A Mil-spec 810G, IP68 rated construction with aluminum reinforced die-cast frame provides it with the survivability, including dropping from 1.8 meters and immersing in water of up to 3 meters deep for up to an hour each time.

Cat S61 Ruggedized Android Smartphone Announced

In addition, the device is outfitted with a live-streaming capable Lepton FLIR thermal camera that can pick up heat signature ranging from -20oC to 400oC, a laser assisted area and distance measurement of up to 10 meters, as well as a VOC indoor air quality meter that can also let you in on the humidity. It will not cover your entire tool box, obviously, but I imagine it will come in handy when you need to an impromptu gauge of heat signature, measure something.

Cat S61 Ruggedized Android Smartphone Announced

Other smartphone specifications include a glove/wet fingers-friendly 5.2-inch FHD bright display optimized for outdoor use, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip with 2.2 GHz octacore processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, microSD expansion slot, a high capacity 4,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support, a 16MP main camera and a 8MP front-facing camera. Cat S61 will ship with Android Oreo and it will be eligible for upgrade to Android P when it becomes available.

The Cat S61 is set to hit select retailers and operators worldwide in Q2 2018 and carries with it a MSRP of £799/€899 (which works out to be around US$1,111). Check out the specification summary after another look at the device.

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Cat S61 Ruggedized Android Smartphone Announced

Nokia 7 Plus Product Specifications

Android Oreo (with upgrade to P)
EU Version:
4G Bands:
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41 (EU/ROW);
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 28, 29, 66 (Americas)
3G Bands:
850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 (EU/ROW);
850, 900, A WS, 1900, 2100 (Americas);
2G Bands:
850, 900, 1800, 1900
150mm x 76mm x 13mm, ?g
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, 2.2GHz Octacore
64GB Storage
Expandable via microSD card
Super Bright 5.2-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display
Auto switch support
Wet-finger/glove-on working technology
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Rear: 16MP Autofocus with PDAF and Dual LED flash
Thermal: FLIR Lepton
Front: 8MP Fixed Focus
Non-removable 4500mAh Lithium-ion
Quick charge 4.0 compatible
Dual band Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Glonass, BeiDou (variant dependant), Galileo, QZSS and SBAS+iZat, USB Type-C, USB-OTG
Thermal camera (FLIR), Indoor Air Quality Sensor (humidity & temperature), E-compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Location, Barometer
3.5 mm headphone jack
Hard Key
Side: Power key, volume (up/down), programmable key,
Front: Home, back, recent app
Rugged Features
Thermal Shock: handles low to high temperature differences
between -30°C (-22°F) to 65°C (149°F) for up to 24hrs**
Resistant to vibration: Category 4
Resistant to humidity and salt mist

Ingress Protection (IP68):
Sand, dust and dirt resistant
Waterproof: Up to 3M for 60 minutes

Drop Tested: Up to 1.8M (6 ft) onto concrete
LED notification (3 colors)
Apps: AVG, Office Suite, File Commander, App Toolbox

Images courtesy of Caterpillar.

Published by Mike

Avid tech enthusiast, gadget lover, marketing critic and most importantly, love to reason and talk.

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