The Caterpillar S40 is a very rugged but not very powerful smartphone

The Caterpillar S40 is a very rugged but not very powerful smartphone

Caterpillar may not be a household name among Android smartphone makers, but the company has a long history of launching rugged smartphones. Enter the new Cat S40, one of the most rugged Android handsets that we've ever seen.

Starting with the good stuff, the Caterpillar S40 comes with an IP68 certification, meaning that it's waterproof when submerged in up to 1m of water for up to 60 minutes, and it’s also dustproof. The ruggedness of the Cat S40 is guaranteed by the handset's Military Standard 810G certification, one that ensures that the handset is prepared for the harshest of environments. The manufacturer says that the Cat S40 can withstand any drop from as high as 6 feet / 1.8 meters.

Unfortunately, rugged as the Cat S40 is, the handset is lacking in terms of hardware specs. The 4.7-inch display may be protected by a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 and is also operable with gloves and wet fingers, but the panel only runs a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels. Under the hood, the situation doesn't get any better. The brains of the operation is a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, which is the worst-performing chip that Qualcomm currently makes. Paired with 1GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 210 should be able to perform basic operations, but just don't expect the handset to be snappy at it.

Other specs include 16GB of microSD-expandable integrated storage space, an 8MP primary camera, a 2MP secondary shooter, as well as a 3000mAh battery. On the software side, the Caterpillar S40 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Cat S40 will be launched on August 1st in 60 countries around the globe. In the US, the handset will set you back $399 off contract. If you need an entry-level smartphone that's able to take a serious beating and survive, the Cat S40 might be one of your best choices. For a tad less protection against the environment but a lot more processing power, check out the only pricier Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.

*Updated: Previous pricing was incorrect, the handset will be priced at $399 in the US, £399 in the UK, and €439 in other EU countries.


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6 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

The S6 Active and this is not that different in terms of ruggedness.

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

My understanding is that cat phones are made to be industrial grade rugged, pretty sure there's a video out there of some getting run over by industrial equipment and not flinching? So might be worth it in such situations?

4. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Kyocera Hydro Wave 5inch, SD410, IP57, MLT-STD 810G for $200+ ?

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 451; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Ridiculously overpriced.

5. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Youre so right.

6. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sonim XP7 is the ultimate rugged device. Sure its screen is 4 inch with a basic resolution ( wich is fine as its make the game run any app and game withtout any lag or slowdown ) Its the only rugged phone covered by a 3 years warranty including if you are able to break it. its high priced but even if you break it you covered. This at 600$? no warranty and if you break it they will say you abused the phone well no thanks. Samsung S6 active is made of paper compared to the sonim XP7 lol

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