CAT, a rugged phone manufacturer, in collaboration with FLIR Systems, has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, named CAT S60. This is not your everyday smartphone which is the same, a little gimmick here or a pinch of innovation there. It is designed for a small user base, the utility and construction workers as well as those, who work in harsh environments.
The phone’s USP is its miniature thermal imaging camera module made by FLIR that uses a Lepton image sensor with a raw resolution of 80 by 60 infrared pixel. It also houses a regular 13-megapixel visible light camera adjacent to the thermal imaging module and with some clever processing and then interpolation of the images from the two. The resolution can be taken up to a 640-by-480-pixel thermal image. Also, there’s a built-in software thermometer associated with the Lepton sensor so one can measure how hot or cold different areas are by just tapping on a spot on the screen. You can also tap different zones and calculate the average temperature between them.
The CAT S60 can withstand drops onto concrete from up to a height of 1.8 meters and can be operated underwater up to a depth of five metres, for one hour. It has special switches to block speaker and microphones when used underwater.
Other key features of CAT S60 include:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC with Adreno 405 graphics running Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
- A 4.7” display with 720p resolution and improved brightness (540 nits) with auto wet finger & glove support.
Protected with 1mm Gorilla Glass 4.
- 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of NAND flash storage (expandable using a microSD card).
- A 13 MP main camera with dual-LED flash as well as a front 5 MP snapper.
- Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and Bluetooth wireless technologies, usual sensors: accelerometer, proximity, compass, barometer, altimeter.
- The entire package is powered by a decent 3,800mAh battery.
- The device is expected to be available for sale later this year, priced at about $599 in the U.S