CAT S60, the first smartphone with a thermal camera, will be available to pre-order in June

CAT S60, the first smartphone with a thermal camera, will be available to pre-order in June
Folks interested in rugged mobile phones are, most probably, familiar with the CAT-branded handsets that have been around since 2012 (more exactly, these handsets are made by a UK-based company called Bullitt Mobile Ltd, under license from Caterpillar Inc.)

The newest CAT smartphone, called CAT S60, will be available to pre-order staring June - quite many months after being officially announced (back in February). Like most other CAT handsets, the S60 is a very tough device, being able to withstand drops on concrete from up to 1.8 meters (6 feet), and survive under water (up to 5 meters - 16 feet) for 1 hour. But the new device also brings something that no other smartphone has: an integrated thermal camera.

Powered by FLIR (a company that also makes standalone thermal cameras), the thermal camera of the CAT S60 allows users to visualize heat that's invisible to the naked eye, being able to highlight temperature contrasts and spot heat sources up to 100 feet away - so it's great for detecting heat loss inside buildings, or finding overheating appliances (this obviously works in the dark, too). The camera can provide not just still images, but also videos and time lapses. CAT says that the S60 is "ideal for builders, electricians, emergency services, utility workers and so many more", but nothing stops you from getting the phone if you want it, even if you don't need a thermal camera in your life.

Ruggedness and thermal camera aside, the CAT S60 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and offers mid-range features like an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, a 4.7-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage space. There's also a very generous 3800 mAh battery on board.

The CAT S60 will be available to pre-order starting early June, first in Europe, then in other parts of the world (we assume this includes the US, where the smartphone should cost $599 unlocked). Interested?


source: CAT

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S60
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3800 mAh(30h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Would like to buy for fun. LOL Also, those specs + that battery? Yes please.

2. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

yeah, they would have put SD820 and 500mAh battery..

3. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Great phone for the right person!

4. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Really hope FLIR catches on with other manufacturers especially Samsung.

5. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I kinda like the design.

6. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Very cool and all but what use would this have to the general public??

7. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

It's for construction, or manual labor jobs, not your average office Joe.

8. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

You could see if your hot water plumbing leaking. You could also see if your regular (not hot) water leaking... if the water have different temperature than the building You could see where's the radiator water / coolant water in your car leaking.

9. neptuno

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 02, 2016

its look like so strong.but the problem is i dont wanna spend more than 250 $ to buy a rugged phone.because i dont use it most of time.so i bought blackview bv6000.i decided to get it when i saw the test on youtube.the truth is i dont regret to buy it.you can't believe how strong is it.

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