Sprint has announced today that it will be launching the rugged CAT S48c handset starting tomorrow, November 9th. Sprint will be the first U.S. carrier to offer the device, which works under extreme conditions including extreme temperatures (-13⁰F to 131⁰F). It also can be submerged in water as deep as 4 feet for up to 35 minutes, and emerge unscathed. And the 13MP rear camera can take underwater photos.
The CAT S48c includes a dedicated programmable side button that allows you to use the carrier's push-to-talk Sprint Direct Connect Plus service; this will help you make one-to-one, group, and broadcast calls. The phone features a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 5-inch display carrying a 1080p (FHD) resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, and the handset comes with 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of native storage. A 13MP camera adorns the rear of the unit, while a front-facing 5MP selfie snapper is included.
Keeping the lights on is a 4000mAh battery, and Android Oreo is pre-installed. This device is upgradeable to Android 9 Pie. The screen will work with gloves and wet hands, and the phone is built to withstand drops of 6 feet and less onto a concrete surface.
The CAT S48c costs $480, but is available starting tomorrow via Sprint's Flex Lease for $20 a month over 18 months. When the lease expires, you can give back the phone and move on, or pay off the remaining $120 over 6 months (6 payments of $20 each) to make the phone your own.