Cat’s Latest Smartphone Boasts First Built-In Thermal Camera

While brands like Samsung and LG are working on improving screen capabilities, battery usage and water resistance , Cat’s next flagship phone is finding a niche of its own with the first built-in thermal camera.

For the new S60, Cat has tried to merge the Flir thermal camera with the phone. You will encounter the same sensor and the same features: live thermal image with indicators for surface temperatures and the possibility of taking stills and video, with the resolution of 640 x 480 VGA 🙁

The rugged mobile phone has an aluminum frame and a rear built of hard plastic composite, giving the impression of carbon fiber – it means business. Giving the thermal imaging feature, we could see it working in search and rescue missions, where the injured might have difficulty appealing to rangers or paramedics. Electricians could also count as target audience for the new device, as well as folks who just want something different from their smartphone.

Speaking about cool and different, the Cat S60 “breathes” easily at 5 meters underwater, if you close the microphone and earpiece openings, otherwise it’s safe at 2 meters most.

What about specs? Clearly, the Cat S60 intends to attract customers with its thermal built-in camera and waterproof resistance, speaking less about the processor, display and camera capabilities. There’s nothing to drool over in this respect; S60 has a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Its 4.7-inch display comes with a pretty sad 720p resolution.

At $599 / €649 selling price (coming in May), you get a functional, durable phone that’s all about the outdoors. If you’re the adventurer type, going for long hikes and spending free time in the wild, cramped in a tent, this phone can be a life-saver.

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