While MWC 2016 is yet to kick off, Cat, well-known for its rugged smartphones, has announced a new Android smartphone called S60. One of the key talking points of the Cat S60 is that it is one of the world’s first smartphones to feature Flir thermal imaging camera and waterproofing capability of five meters for up to one hour. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi 5: From Snapdragon 820 SoC to 16-megapixel OIS camera, top 5 features
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Cat has joined hands with Flir, company known for its standalone thermal camera. The S60 is equipped with the same sensor and performs the same functions as the standalone camera – it measures surface temperatures, produces live thermal image and can also capture and record still photos and videos. However, the resolution is limited to VGA (640x480pixels). Besides the thermal camera, the rugged smartphone also houses a 13-megapixel secondary camera for clicking normal photos and videos. Also Read - Videocon Telecom aims to generate Rs 10,000 crore revenue from non-spectrum businesses by 2020
Cat has also posted some examples where the thermal imaging camera can be used – in search and rescue missions where bodies may be obscured by foliage or smoke. The camera is ideal for building professionals, utility workers, first responders and other industries that require workers to identify places of overheating and heat loss appliances in the dark. The thermal camera can measure temperature roughly from a distance of 50 to 100 feet.
Cat S60 price: The smartphone is priced at $599, which roughly translates to Rs 40,500. It is expected to go on sale by end of May with limited availability in select markets.
Cat S60 specifications and features: It flaunts a 4.7-inch HD (720p) super bright display (540nits) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The display also has a super sensitive touch mode, which allows users to use the smartphone with wet fingers and while wearing gloves. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
In the camera department, it is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and 5-megapixel selfie camera. Armed with 3,800mAh battery and connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box.