If a brilliant hero went to the shop to purchase a smartphone, Cat 60 can be his alternative. Whereas there are just a few rugged telephones out there which might be water-resistant, however none come near the Cat S60. That is the newest innovation by the corporate, Caterpillar (sure, the identical model that makes footwear and heavy equipment for development staff). The smartphone is the primary one to get a thermal infrared digicam and is IP68 licensed water proof. The corporate has now launched the cellphone in India and we ran it by means of our evaluation check slots.
Whereas most rugged smartphones have related constructed, the Cat S60 appears to be like a bit completely different, partly due to the FLIR bump on prime and partly due to thickness. Wearing black with silver body, the smartphone appears to be like interesting, nevertheless loses factors in terms of the burden (223 g); this isn’t what the standard smartphone person would wish to lug round. Furthermore, it has a not so ordinary (at the least not anymore) 4.7-inch touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on prime.
Sure, it’s heavy and never slim like its contemporaries, however Cat S60 isn’t your ordinary on a regular basis smartphone. It’s for individuals who drop their telephones commonly or are outside more often than not. This cellular is totally waterproof as much as 5 meters, which could be switched on by flipping two buttons on prime and backside of the display. Across the display customers will even discover three giant arduous press keys for dwelling, again and accessing opened apps, and a 5 MP entrance shooter.
The die solid body round Cat S60 saves the cellphone from getting any inside bruises from a drop of 1.8 meters (that’s virtually 6 ft). On the body the makers have put twin buttons on the precise for quantity (improve and reduce). The left facet has the ability button and particular golden programmable key, which might open your favorite apps on a brief or lengthy press together with below water mode. The underwater mode disables all of the contact panel capabilities in order that the customers use it easily when submerged.
Additionally on the left facet a hidden SOS button has been positioned, which when pressed will ship your location to a pre-keyed in touch. Good for emergency conditions. Subsequent to it are the hidden USB/cost and 3.5mm audio ports. Flip the Cat S60 smartphone round and you will see that the silver Cat emblem in the midst of a mesh-like again panel. On prime, there may be FLIR thermal digicam sensor with the 13 MP auto focus digicam and the twin tone LED flash. A nifty yellow lever subsequent to them opens a panel the place the customers can place two SIM playing cards or one SIM and a SD card (as much as 128 GB).
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So, let’s begin with the specs. Apart from the 13 MP rear and 5 MP entrance cameras, the Cat S60 has 32 GB inside storage, 3 GB RAM and Qualcomm Quad Core (1.5 x 4 plus 1.2 x 4) CPU. The configuration isn’t the newest because the cellphone was launched greater than six to eight months in the past within the worldwide market and the identical has been dropped at India. In order ordinary we ran it by means of our assessments and it fared (no surprises) mediocrely.
On Antutu it scored simply 44,855 factors placing it in the midst of the pack. On Geekbench it scored 693(Single-Core CPU check), 2,151 (multi-core CPU check) and 2,419 factors on the computing check. All point out common efficiency. The value Caterpillar is asking for this cellphone places it in competitors with the newest iPhones and Samsung S sequence of smartphones. However sadly, the later are a lot better within the efficiency division.
So, the place does the Cat S60 smartphone win? Within the sturdiness division; we flung it round, dunked it in a pool of water, sat on it, but it surely not break. This cellphone is made for the outside and it may well survive the autumn or the warmth. So long as one makes positive, all of the compartments are shut in order that no mud or water can seep in.
Shifting on to the cameras, this cellphone didn’t disappoint a lot. The rear digicam can take near life photos together with thermal imagery. Thermal imagery exhibits loads of issues, like your pets at midnight, locations/devices which might be emitting warmth and extra. Nonetheless, after utilizing it for just a few days, we couldn’t see actual world use of it for the common person. Sure, professionals who’re outside or do engineering work may be a greater viewers. The entrance shooter isn’t unhealthy both. We may squeeze in good portraits, however have seen higher in different telephones. Modes like HDR, sports activities, panorama can be found for each the cameras. Underwater pictures can be enabled on this cellphone. Customers simply have to flip a swap within the menu to allow underwater mode and with the particular arduous press key, one can be on their method.
Video alternatively may have been higher. The Cat S60 can shoot movies in Full HD, that are superb in well-lit areas and below daylight. Nonetheless, as quickly as you get right into a low-lit zone, noise is seen.
With a 3,800 mAh non-removable battery on the Cat S60, we may squeeze out a day of labor on 3G community with scattered Wi-Fi on. This goes down barely for those who transfer to 4G networks. The decision high quality on 4G and 3G community is crisp because it comes. We did hit just a few clean spots, however these are as a result of scattered Airtel community within the Delhi metropolis and can’t be blamed on the cellphone.
We stress examined the smartphone with video games like Asphalt 8 and Scorching Wheels Race Off. The load time for each was not a lot, however the higher a part of the smartphone did warmth up after extended recreation play. Movies playback and Youtube use didn’t warmth the cellphone, however we did really feel the brunt of getting a small 4.7-inch display.
The Cat S60 smartphone comes with Android Marshmallow on board, with some good apps, like file commander that segregates information below music, photos, movies and so on. Cat has additionally given a particular Speaker Dry app within the cellphone that can velocity up the drying means of the speaker if it results in water.
As for the sensors, the Cat S60 has the ambient mild, proximity and accelerometer sensors. Different options embrace, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11 b.
All in all, the Cat S60 impressed us on loads of ranges. We liked its ruggedness and the power to work below water. What made it a deal breaker was its steep value of Rs 64,999. This for the specs Caterpillar provides is simply not justified, sure the cellphone has a thermal digicam, however how many people would use it frequently. The Cat S60 appears to be the popular alternative for individuals who like Chandler Bing from the favored sitcom Associates and are a serial dropper. The remaining have loads of good decisions, just like the Apple iPhone 7 plus that has a bigger display and is water-resistant too.