Caterpillar CAT S60 review
The world’s first thermal imaging smartphone
Our Caterpillar CAT S60 review introduces the world’s first thermal imaging smartphone and the world’s most waterproof phone.
First shown off at the Mobile world Congress earlier this year, the CAT S60 is a rugged smartphone for building professionals, emergency first responders, sports enthusiasts and utility workers.
The CAT S60 is available on monthly contract or can be purchased SIM free, from £529.99.
Durable to the extreme
The Caterpillar CAT S60 takes durability to new levels with a shockproof design that can withstand drops from 1.8m. This has been made possible with a construction process that integrates a strengthened die cast frame.
The CAT S60 is the world’s most waterproof mobile phone and remains water resistant to depths of 5m for 60 minutes. Water resistance to this depth is attainable through using a unique Lockdown Switch, which boosts its normal water resistance of 2m up to 5m.
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Underwater functionality is preserved with the ability to take underwater photos and videos. You can continue to use the phone thanks to auto wet-finger and glove compatible Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Certification for this tough phone includes military specifications MIL-SPEC 810G and IP68 certification, indicating that it is impervious to dust and can operate at temperatures down to -25°C and up to 55°C.
The Caterpillar CAT S60 has a super bright (540nits) 4.7” HD display (1280 x 720 pixels). The display uses AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) technology and this ensures that there is no colour washout or colour shift, when viewing the screen from a wide angle.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM gives smooth smartphone performance. For calling in noisy environments, there is high-quality audio provided at volumes of up to 105dB.
Phone Set Up
Transferring content from an old smartphone is a straightforward process and there is plenty of internal memory, at 32GB, to do so. Still, there is a microSD card slot for those who need extra memory and this Caterpillar phone is compatible with cards of a value of up to 128GB.
The Caterpillar CAT S60 runs on Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system and offers all of the usual benefits, such as Google Maps, Search, Gmail and app downloads from the Play Store.
Camera & Video
The CAT S60 is the first phone to offer live thermal imaging powered by FLIRTM and its exclusive MSX Technology. This embosses the digital camera image data onto the thermal image, providing context and clarity.
The thermal imaging camera can capture and share photos, videos or time lapse footage and can penetrate obstructions like smoke. There are numerous uses which includes identifying gaps in thermal insulation, monitoring the performance of machinery and identifying overheating electrical circuits or components.
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The thermal camera can also be used to check the gas level of your barbecue’s gas cylinder or to find the freshest loaf of bread or spot moisture. With every photo you can swipe between the thermal and standard images.
You can use movable spot meters to read temperature data directly off a live image or saved image. There are nine thermal colour palettes including ones that just show the hottest and coldest parts of a frame. The thermal camera works from a distance of up to 100 feet (30m).
For standard photography, the CAT S60 has a 13MP camera with a dual flash, for low light. The camera can record 1080p quality video at 30 frames per second. On the reverse side, there is a 5MP camera for taking selfies.
High capacity battery
The CAT S60 has a very high capacity 3,800mAh battery, with Quick Charge 2.0. This is ideal for heavy users or those who are away from a power source for extended periods of time. The battery offers up to 30 hours of talk time or up to 43 days of standby time.
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Written by: Michael Brown