Best known for making industrial machinery and clothing, CAT, has used Mobile World Congress 2016 to unveil the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal imaging camera.
The heavy duty S60 smartphone is waterproof, drop proof and is designed to withstand life on construction sites and other tough environments.
Far from being just a concept phone, CAT has actually been making smartphones for a couple of years and whilst you could be forgiven for writing this one off as a bit of a gimmick, the S60 has some very practical features.
For example, CAT says the thermal imaging camera on the S60 has been designed to help electricians find faults and could even be used to help locate bodies in poor visibility such as in extreme weather or smoke filled buildings.
The thermal camera is made by FLIR, best know for making high end thermal imaging cameras for professionals. The FLIR sensor in the S60 is capable of displaying the temperature of anything you point the camera at and its makers claim the it is accurate to within a couple of degrees.
The S60 has some other useful features too, such as the SOS button located on the side of the device in case you have an accident on the job and need to raise the alarm.
The SOS button is hidden underneath a flap so you won’t press it accidentally. However, if you do, it will send an alert to 5 predefined numbers from your contacts.
As well as being dust and dirt resistant the S60 is waterproof and can be fully submerged underwater up to depths of 2 metres, or 5 metres if you make sure the tiny protective covers are over the microphone and charging port.
The S60 has an octa core Qualcomm processor with 3GB of RAM and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The 4.7 inch display provides 720p resolution and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. It also includes the usual GPS, Wi-FI, NFC, Bluetooth and MicroSD slot, as well as a whopping 3,800mAh battery, which should mean you will not have to worry about making it through the day without a recharge.
The CAT S60 is expected to be available in June for around $600. The handset will be sold unlocked, however, you’ll have to order it from overseas as there are no plans to launch the device in Thailand.
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