Cat B15Q is the first truly rugged Android KitKat smartphone to be available globally

Cat today announced a successor to its ultra-rugged B15 Android smartphone that was introduced in 2013. The new handset is called Cat B15Q, and is presented as “the first rugged smartphone available globally to support KitKat.” That’s right, the B15Q runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, while also bringing other improvements over its predecessor.

The new Cat B15Q is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, weighs 170 grams, measures 125 x 69.5 x 14.95 mm, and sports a 4-inch WVGA Gorilla Glass 2 display with wet finger tracking. On the back, the handset has a 5MP camera with LED flash. Other features include HSDPA, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, a VGA front-facing camera, “Waves audio,” dual noise-cancelling microphone, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2,000 mAh battery (for up to 16 hours of talk time).

The B15Q is dust-proof, water-proof, and shock-proof (IP67, MIL SPEC 810G). It can be dropped from up to 1.8m without suffering any damage, and it can operate at temperatures ranging from -13°F (-25°C) to 131°F (55 °C). Cat didn’t say how much the B15Q would cost. But we’ll find out more about the handset “this summer”, when it’s going to be launched globally. So, any takers?

sources: Cat, MarketWatch



1. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

best phone is general mobile discovery elite in turkey :D :D

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Typo guys,.. Sock proof?

5. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Hah, fixed. Thanks! Though, well, it's also sock-proof - you could hit it with a sock non-stop without damaging it.

6. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Sounds like a deal breaker to me. Why aren't more manufacturers offering sock-proof phones? This is true innovation. Now I don't have to worry about my socks potentially damaging my phone.

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

That made my day lol. ;)

13. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The thumbnail picture from PA's homepage (the 2nd picture in the article) looks like the CAT phone is in a toilet with crap inside... It looks good in the article... but for frontpage I would have picked a different photo ;-)

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's somehow cute lol xD

4. samzkrnd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

i got $50 rugged phone call otterbox

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I would like to see a phone with otterbox go through the same test as CAT B15Q went through in the lab.

8. warrenellis93

Posts: 542; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

the otterbox phone test would probably only survive the drop test, but not the liquid tests or dirt tests

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Even though it's incredibly durable, the specs in the phone equal that of a mid range device from 3 years ago. I know that it's not meant for gaming or anything resource intence, and is designed to be used in extreme conditions, but I can't help but feel underwhelmed by the processor, camera, and RAM... oh well.

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I feel the same way, but like you said this phone is design for people who are on the construction site all the time. So they want their phone to survive

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'd rather buy a RUGGED phone that covers the hole body than a over price case.

11. Sauce unregistered

Sad that there is going to be KitKat on this, before other Android feature phones. Wait a second…I think I should delete my comment before the Fandroids start attacking me from their basement caves.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No examples, just vague references to nothing. Your troll kung-fu is weak, go home before you hurt yourself.

16. Sauce unregistered

Says AfterShock. LMFAO

15. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Ok, this is the second comment from you that makes no sense too me..

17. Sauce unregistered

You and your green thumbers must have no brains

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I think his rear might be a bit sore from yesterday for awhile yet.

19. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

pic # 6 looks like its on 4.3 or something not kit kat

20. Lmao2013

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

Looks like the Motorola photon :-)

22. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

And how about the weight??

23. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Sadly its hardware is weak.. ive seen the b15 in action. it takes it around 10-15 sec to open the darn phonbook to call someone...

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Basically a very lame underspec version of the Galaxy S5 Active.

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