Caterpillar S60 Smartphone

A thermal imaging camera with a rugged exterior, Caterpillar wants to settle from the rest of the Smartphone mass market. The S60 should be used on construction sites, in the dark or under water.

In the frame of the Mobile World Congress 2016, Caterpillar introduces its new smartphone called S60. The manufacturer of construction equipment

licensed its brand to the mobile developer Bullitt mobile focused traditionally on a rugged exterior in the segment. The Designer have bought the new device but also other features that distinguish it from the mass market.

Camera from the specialist

At first sight the camera stands out, which puts the otherwise typical Smartphone case a bump. As advertised on the device itself, the module comes from FLIR, a provider of specialty cameras. With him that can shoot S60 thermal image recordings, which are limited to a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and a distance of 50 to 100 feet – about 15 to 30 meters -. According to the official presentation of Caterpillar users so for example on construction sites should find leaks in the insulation.

For the rugged MIL-spec is-810 G standards used, the standard comes from the U.S. military. Caterpillar indicates that the S60 can survive a fall onto concrete from a height of 1.80 m and can spend the camera an hour under water up to a depth of 5 meters. The 4.7-inch touchscreen should be equipped thanks to its high brightness of 540 nits and the support for wet fingers or gloves for outdoor use. He is protected by Corning’s gorilla glass 4, many users of other smartphones should know.

Old acquaintances

The same applies to the ARM processor Snapdragon 617, the CPU has eight cores with each 1.50 GHz. 3 GB RAM should suffice for most apps, the local mass storage containing 32 GB is enough space for documents. The battery contains 3800 mAh. Resolves the main camera with 13 mega pixels, the second camera contents itself with 5 megapixels. As the operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow is used. The S60 in the course of the year for a price of 649 euro should appear. (fo)