Caterpillar to launch rugged Cat B15 Android handset next month

Caterpillar to launch rugged Cat B15 Android handset next month
What do you think of when you hear the name Caterpillar? Insects? Butterflies? Rugged construction vehicles, equipment and machines for the construction and mining industry? Actually, it is the company that makes the latter that we are talking about. With its construction and mining equipment and vehicles designed to work regardless of weather and terrain, it seems that making a rugged smartphone model would be a natural extension of its product line.

The Cat B15 is an Android smartphone that has a rugged IP67 certification which means it can survive in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and also is resistant to dust. At the same time, the device is protected by its casing which is made of silver anodized aluminum and shock absorbent rubber. That means it can survive a drop of 1.8 meters.

The Cat B15 is equipped with a 4 inch WVGA display made of Gorilla Glass, with a dual-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6577 processor under the hood. 512MB of RAM is on board with 4GB of native storage that can be expanded by using the microSD slot on the phone. Android 4.1 is installed out of the box.

The Cat B15 is not the most high-end device around, but it can take a beating. If you're in a situation where your phone faces destruction on a daily basis due to your line of work, or if you treat your phone rather shabbily, you might want consider the Cat B15. Priced at 329 EUR ($434.71 USD) SIM free, the device will be ready next month. If your smartphones keep breaking, make 2013 the year of the Cat.

source: GSMArena via UnwiredView

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13 Comments

1. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

"512mb of RAM"? OUCH!

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That actually doesn't look too bad. The failing point for these tough phones is their screen though. Hopefully it's responsive. WVGA on a 4" isn't terrible I guess...

3. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

See I actually really like this phone in theory a lot. Know of a lot of people who's line of work would make this phone ideal but I have my doubts. 512MB RAM just doesn't seem like it would be enough for android. WP does well with it but in my experience android needs at least a gig. My old phone had 768MB and it was sluggish though that might have been due to the bloatware garbage htc sense. Maybe stock android is different.

4. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Also what carriers would this work on?

5. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Why do the rugged phones always have sub par specs? Only 512 MB RAM...Really?!!!

7. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Because if specs matter to you, you're probably smart enough to buy a case and a screen protector.

13. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

They do... but I got my cake and eat too. RAZR MAXX gorilla glass and nano coating plus good specs. More phones need this!

11. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

SONY XPERIA Z is a rugged smartphone and it has decent specs..

6. dicemoney

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Please make it stop

8. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Pretty cool. This isn't designed for the general public. People that work in construction don't spend much time on apps. They need a phone and text ability, along with a map program mostly.

9. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

haha...1.8m... ok. My NOKIA N8 have survieved at least 8 falls from 3 meteres or more on a concrete! OK, I admit, it hase a silicone rubber. And maybe i wass only lucky... ;) Otherways, i thik this is a device that i would like to have.

10. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

This is actually a pretty sexy phone. I wish more phones were designed like this. They should offer this phone with the pre-paid carriers. Alot of people buy a secondary work phone through pre-paid. I have my AT&T Galaxy S3 for personal use, then I have my Boost Mobile phone for work. This phone would be awesome for work. I just can't justify spending over $400 on a secondary work phone.

12. buildcircle

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

It is great to see Caterpillar committing to these types of devices. I am happy to see the screen is large enough to view drawings on site from connected applications like Buildcircle. Jelly Bean is a big improvement over the previous versions of android. Good job Cat, keep it up!

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