Cat has a brand new rugged phone with lasers and other super powers, and it costs $1,000

Cat has a brand new rugged phone with lasers and other super powers, and it costs $1,000
With a brutal, rugged and unmistakeable look, the new Cat S61 rugged phone means serious business and might just be the perfect phone for adventurers and blue-collar workers.

From the first sight you know that this phone is tough: it is constructed with an aluminum-reinforced frame and meets military-grade standards such as Spec 810G rating. And it's also IP68 dust and water resistant, and can survive 1.8-meter drops on concrete.


But this phone not just about its super-tough construction: it has three awesome super powers.

1. The first one is a FLIR thermal imaging camera that is improved from the one in previous Cat phone models and can now sense temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius. Why is a FLIR thermal imaging camera useful? Well, you can just use it to detect animals in the city park at night, or you can use it to actually do some work. Mechanics for instance will be able to use it to notice issues with an engine, construction workers can use it to diagnose electronic equipment and more.

2. Additionally, the Cat S61 features an innovative Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) sensor. This will come in handy for those who work in cramped areas and are at risk of poisoning from wet paint or other hazards. The S61 can be set to take a reading with this sensor every 30 seconds to detect air quality and warns you if you are in danger.

3. Last, but not least, the Cat S61 features... lasers! A tiny laser beam comes out of the back of the phone and can measure things of up to 10 meters distance.


And this phone will also work when you have your gloves on and when you touch the screen with wet or moist fingers.

Price and release date


By this time you might think: heck, this is a phone that even an average person might find handy.


But there are a few caveats. First, the price: the new Cat S61 costs $1,000 (£799 in the UK and €899 in Europe).

That's as much as the iPhone X and it's actually more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL (in case you've forgotten). It's also a significant hike over Cat's last model, the S60, which cost $600.

Also, the S61 is a phone for professionals and it's much thicker and bulkier than your average handset (still, it does not look terribly malformed).

And in terms of actual specifications you are not quite getting a flagship device, but there are no big compromises either. This is a phone with a reasonable, 5.2-inch LCD screen and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It has the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip with 4GB of RAM and 64 gigs of on-board storage. On a positive note, it does come with a 4,500 mAh battery, so it should last a really long time.

One thing we cannot comment on yet is the actual camera performance - we only know there is a single 16MP rear camera with 4K video on the back and an 8MP front shooter - but we certainly will be looking out to testing the new Cat S61 when it comes out in the second quarter of 2018. Would you get one?


source: Cat Phones

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S61
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh(35h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I wouldn't mind using this, would love to have a true thermal imaging camera handy at all times. Would come in handy while camping at night to make sure that 'SOUND' wasn't a bear.

11. hellhr

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Last model had s**tty screen and low performance. Furthermore, thermal camera is not very usefull. If your bear is behind the tree you wont see it :-)

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wow it has more features than that rotten fruit phones!

5. SammyFanBOY

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 29, 2018

Apple Getting ROASTED very nicely here! Well done :D

3. gamehead unregistered

Not for me

4. SammyFanBOY

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 29, 2018

But can you do THIS????

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Geeks and freaks, eh? Do some people here really think that CAT has made this phone to directly compete with the likes of iPhone X and Note 8? Might as well compare a bloody Jeep Wrangler to The Ferrari 458. "Oh my, the Ferrari can't go off-road. It will get roasted by The Jeep". Well, so will a Jeep on a racetrack. Horses for courses. Oh well, G'Day!

7. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I can see people buying them. I'd like to but don't identity make use of the extra features so it would not be my main phone. Does it have good speakers?

9. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

As loud as a pavement breaker

8. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

This is actually a bit of a bargain as a basic FLIR camera starts at around $3000.

12. tntwit

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Definitely the most interesting $1000 phone I've seen so far.

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