Scheduled to be showcased at MWC 2018, the launch of the CAT S61 however came a couple of days early. As announced by the company, the CAT S61 will go on sale in select markets following an initial showcase at the expo next week. The device has been priced at $999 (Rs 65,000 approximately). Also Read - Sony MWC 2019 invites are going out, may launch Xperia XZ4
The new CAT S60 rugged smartphone improves on the thermal camera, which is touted to read temperatures up to 400-degree Celsius and includes a laser-assisted distance measurement solution as well as an indoor air quality sensor. Additionally, there is an embedded laser that helps measure point-to-point distances up to 10 metres. The laser technology integration can also be used to calculate areas. Also Read - BGR India Awards 2018: Most innovative smartphones of the year
As the adjective ‘rugged’ for the device makes it clear, the CAT S61 is built with a robust body that has a die-cast aluminum frame, which is said to meet US Military’s MIL-SPEC 810G standard. The device is also touted to resist drops from up to 1.8 metres and immersion in up to 3 meters for 60 minutes, including salt water. The device is also supposed to be resistant to all types of dust. Also Read - Nokia 8110 4G first impressions: The smart feature phone with ‘a dose of nostalgia’
CAT S61 specifications, features
As for specifications, the CAT S61 runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, and features a 5.2-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. In terms of optics, it sports a 16-megapixel camera at the rear with PDAF support, and an 8-megapixel one on the front.
On the connectivity part, the handset has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, FM radio, and Micro-USB. Sensors on board include the FLIR thermal camera and indoor air quality as well as accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyro, and proximity. Besides, the smartphone packs a 4,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support.