CAT (the popular smartphone brand for making rugged phones) has announced its latest flagship smartphone – the CAT S60, just ahead of MWC 2016. The CAT S60 is actually more than a smartphone – it’s a professional tool. It is the world’s first smartphone to feature an integrated thermal camera (from FLIR). It can measure the temperature of objects from 15m-30m (50ft-100ft) away and can even see through smoke.

"CAT S60 smartphone with thermal camera"

The company said “The thermal camera visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, and see through obscurants such as smoke, enabling a huge range of use cases for building professionals, utility workers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, emergency first responders and more.” The company also says that it is the world’s most waterproof smartphone since, it is waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for 1hour, allowing it to be used as an underwater camera.

The CAT S60 goes beyond casual smartphone toughness. CAT dropped the phone 26 times from 1.8m (6ft) to make sure it survives hard hits. This display can be viewed in bright sunlight and the touch-screen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves. It is also protected by 1mm Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (normal phones get 0.4mm).

"CAT S60 android smartphone"

CAT S60 Specifications:

  • 4.7-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) multi-touch display with auto wet finger and glove support, 540 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Snapdragon 617 64-bit SoC with Octa-Core 1.5GHz Cortex A53 CPU
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band (2.4GHz & 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, A-GPS/GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 105dB loudspeaker
  • 13 MP auto-focus rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 1080p video recording
  • 5 MP front camera
  • Dedicated FLIR thermal camera with MSX technology
  • Drop proof up to 1.8m (6ft)
  • Water proof (up to 5 meters for 1hour)
  • MIL STD 810G certified – salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3800mAh battery
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The CAT S60 will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 event in Barcelona and it will be available later this year for €649 / $599.