Caterpillar — the world-renown manufacturer of excavators and dump trucks — is the last company you’d expect to jump in the crowded smartphone market. But the construction giant just jumped into the phone game headfirst by announcing Cat S60, “the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera and the world’s most waterproof smartphone.”
This phone is meant for job sites, whether it’s on an oil rig in the middle of an ocean or massive construction project. It puts heat sensors in a smartphone for the first time, which makes it ideal for “builders, electricians, emergency services, utility workers,” and regular old joes like you and me who want to see how much money they’re losing with lousy window insulation. Also: Cops! It will help cops see the bad guys hiding out in bushes or wherever the heck they are laying low.
Cat also says it’s waterproof up to depths of up to five metres for one hour, which means you can take it snorkeling with you and use it as a camera on your next trip to the Bahamas. Unlike your iPhone, the Cat S60 can actually handle being dropped onto the sidewalk when you’re leaving the bar at 2AM.
Just like everything Cat builds, it’s a durable piece of machinery.
Cat S60 key features:
- Thermal imaging camera, powered by FLIR
- Strengthened Die Cast Frame
- Drop proof to 1.8m, MIL Spec 810G
- Super bright display (typical 540 nits), Gorilla Glass 4
- 4.7” HD capacitive multi-touch with auto wet finger & glove support
- Optimised battery performance (3800mAh)
- High quality audio experience (>105dB)
- Underwater 13MP main camera with dual flash, 5MP front-facing camera
- 4G LTE
- Snapdragon 617 Octa-core processor
- 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
- Android Marshmallow
Prices start at $599. If you’re as disaster-prone as I am with phones, the Cat S60 sounds like a god-send. I must have it.