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Caterpillar to launch rugged Cat B15 Android handset next month

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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 rugged Cat B15

The rugged Cat B15

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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posted on 25 Feb 2013, 11:36 6

1. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

"512mb of RAM"? OUCH!

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 11:36

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 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...

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:01

3. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 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.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:02

4. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)

Also what carriers would this work on?

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:04 2

5. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 13:27

7. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 20:18

13. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 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!

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 08:02

11. kobainez (Posts: 442; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:06

6. dicemoney (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)

Please make it stop

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 13:31

8. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 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.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 14:40

9. digitalw (Posts: 69; Member since: 20 Dec 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.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 06:20

10. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 14:24

12. buildcircle (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 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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