Cat Phone’s rugged S62 Pro smartphone arrived in the United States, offering a tougher option if you tend to drop devices or break screens. Announced last year, the new Android device packs midsize specs into a very sturdy casing, without necessarily looking like a rubber brick at the same time.
At the front there is a 5.7-inch screen in 1080p resolution, while inside there is a Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage. It is running Android 10 out of the box, with an Android 11 update in preparation and three years of security patches.
There is a 4,000 mAh battery – smaller than the old Cat S61’s 4,500 mAh package, but Cat says it should still last 1-2 days for general use – and a microSD slot. Not 5G, but you have 4G LTE Cat 13 and, unlike the old phone, the S62 Pro has a fingerprint sensor. For the camera, the 12 megapixel sensor is from Sony’s line, with f / 1.8 lens.
Of course, this is not the only sensor that the phone places on the back. There is a new FLIR Lepton 3.5 thermal camera sensor, with four times the number of thermal pixels – 19,200 versus 4,800 – compared to the old Cat S61. This helps the Cat S62 Pro with a 30 percent improvement in the sharpness of the thermal camera and a 10 percent wider field of view.
A new MyFLIR Pro application includes the “hottest” and “coldest” markets, image annotation, isotherms and custom alarms. It can also be used to highlight specific areas of interest and then produce a PDF for distribution. By adjusting the image processing of MSX and VividIR, it is possible to extract much more details from the final image, says Cat.
Although it offers a larger screen than the S61, the S62 Pro is actually a little thinner and lighter. It conforms to MIL-SPEC-810H, for thermal ranges between -25 ° C (-13 ° F) to 55 ° C (131 ° F) for up to 24 hours, resistance to moisture and salt mist and vibration test Category 4. Cat says you can drop the phone over and over again, in steel, almost six feet tall, and it will survive: even if it falls on its side or in a corner.
There is IP68 and IP69 water inlet protection, with the S62 Pro handling up to 1.5 meters of water for 35 minutes, and the screen receives Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Cat still retreats that tempered glass between a protective crest, to even more resilience, and the body is fully seated with waterproof connectors, a metal frame and TPU back housing with non-slip rubber.
If you are concerned about COVID-19 or something similar, you can wash the S62 Pro with soap and detergents, wipes moistened with alcohol and other disinfectants, and it can still handle bleach and other common chemicals.
Clearly, this isn’t the phone for everyone, but if your life or work takes you to challenging environments – or you’re just clumsy – then the Cat S62 Pro seems to offer the benefits associated with robust devices, but without many of the heavy and ugly disadvantages that we now assume from them. It will be available in April 2021 in the US, unlocked, at a price of $ 699.