For all those who live for off-road adventures, you’ll be ecstatic to know that Caterpillar, known for their construction equipment and bold boots, has branched into the smartphone universe. It sounds odd, but Cat is tough by nature and is packing this attitude into a robust, element-beating smartphone; oh, and it also has a thermal imaging camera!
- 4.7” a-Si AHVA capacitive touchscreen
- Resolution: 720 X 1280 pixels
- 13 MP autofocus, dual-LED (dual-tone) flash; FLIR thermal camera (Lepton module)
- 5 MP front-facing camera
- Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 Chipset
- Octa-core (4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53)
- microSD dedicated slot (expandable up to 256 GB)
- 3 GB RAM 32GB onboard memory
- Bluetooth: 1, A2DP
- microUSB v2.0, USB Host
- Non-removable Li-Ion 3800 mAh battery
- Quick battery charging – 60% in 30min (Quick Charge 2.0)
So, in this highly-competitive market, what has Cat brought to the table to set them apart from the rest? Well, as mentioned above, it’s equipped with a camera that can see in the dark – now, that’s cool!
Cat has collaborated with sensing solutions giant, FLIR, to create the world’s first thermal-imager. As Techradar explains that “You should be able to see through thin walls. The app colours in spots with different temperatures in real-time; that means that colour shifts will happen when something abruptly becomes far warmer/cooler than the rest of the environment.”
It also has an SOS button, which, when pressed, will send your location to pre-listed contacts – it’s your personal lifesaver.
Even though it’s pretty pricey, there is no other phone on the market that has these specific features. Let the journeys begin!
Pros: Quick battery charging – 60% in 30min (Quick Charge 2.0); Built-in FLIR thermal-imaging; rugged, solid build; great overall performance; SOS button; accurate temperature readings
Cons: Expensive; small screen size; bulky and heavy