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CAT S Series

CAT S48cProcessor: Mediatek Mediatek Helio P20 MT6757, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, Qualcomm Adreno 305, Qualcomm Adreno 405, Qualcomm Adreno 508
Display: 4.7 inch, 5 inch, 5.2 inch
Weight: 0.185kg, 0.218kg, 0.223kg, 0.25kg, 0.258kg
Price: 400, 500, 600, 700, 899 euro
Average Score: 74.74% - average
Average of 51 scores (from 94 reviews)
price: 74%, performance: 70%, features: 70%, display: 76%
mobility: 92%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 94%

 

CAT S50

Specifications

CAT S50Notebook: CAT S50
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 305
Display: 4.7 inch, 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixels
Weight: 0.185kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: CAT homepage
 S50 (Model)

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Caterpillar Cat S50
Source: Tecchannel - Heft 6/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015

 

CAT S60

The CAT S60 is a highly robust, niche smartphone built for trades person. Built like a tank, the reinforced die cast frame can resist drops from 1.8 m and surpasses military specifications. Design is unique with the black chassis surrounded by a silver bezel and the rear carbon fiber cover contains the image sensor technology. There is a gold switch at the top of the front screen that allows the user to go into lock-in mode, which increases the 2M underwater rating to 5M. Display on the CAT S60 is a 4.7 inch a-Si AHVA panel with good color saturation and clarity protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow device is equipped with 2 quad-core Cortex-A53 chips, one at 1.2 GHz and another at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, an Adreno 405 GPU, and an internal storage of 32 GB. There is a 13 MP autofocus rear camera and a secondary 5 MP front shooter. Both cameras provide high quality image rendition. The main feature that sets the CAT S60 apart is its thermal imaging capability provided by the FLIR thermal camera. Flir is well known in the thermal imaging sector with its devices being used in the heavy industry and by military operations. Other features on the device includes A-GPS, an FM radio module, a USB host, Bluetooth 4.1 and a non-removable Li-Ion battery rated at 3800 mAh.

Specifications

CAT S60Notebook: CAT S60
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 405
Display: 4.7 inch, 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixels
Weight: 0.223kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: CAT homepage
 S60 (Model)

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Average Score: 74.96% - average
Average of 23 scores (from 41 reviews)

 

50% CAT S60 Review: Hardcore to a fault
Source: Slashgear English
This phone can be attained from a number of retailers through Amazon right this minute for around $579 USD. It comes with GSM compatibility, which means Verizon and Sprint SIM cards won’t work – AT&T and T-Mobile USA will work. There’s also a CAT S61 out now if you’d like to see a very similar device with a larger display and a few new features.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 50%
65% Caterpillar CAT S60 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The CAT S60 is not a phone for you and me. It's actually not a phone for most of us. It belongs to a niche market segment. We wish the regular market could have some of this ruggedness, or be at least 30% as rugged as this phone. For a rugged phone, the CAT S60 actually seems to be quite a device. If you are looking for a phone that can keep up with your rough and tumble lifestyle, there are hardly many phones that can compete with the CAT S60. It is currently in a class of its own.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 65%
70% Cat S60 Review: A Rugged Smartphone With Thermal Camera
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The Cat S60 is not designed for the average consumer. More than individuals, it’s organisations and the service industry that might find true benefits from such a smartphone. The phone is available at certain offline stores and via Amazon at Rs. 64,999. It is distributed in India by Brandeyes, who’s the sole distributor for Bullitt Group in India. The phone ships with a 1 year warranty and after sales service will be handled by B2X.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% CAT S60 review: The toughest phone money can buy
Source: The Indian Express English
Yes, if you work in an industry that puts you in the middle of the action, that too outdoors. While the company thinks the phone will appeal to those who live an active lifestyle, the quality of the primary camera might just put off most of them from picking this as their adventure phone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Cat S60 smartphone review: Throw it, dunk it, use it
Source: Gadget Show English
All in all, the Cat S60 impressed us on a lot of levels. We loved its ruggedness and the ability to work under water. What made it a deal breaker was its steep price of Rs 64,999. This for the specs Caterpillar gives is just not justified, yes the phone has a thermal camera, but how many of us would use it on a regular basis. The Cat S60 seems to be the preferred choice for people who like Chandler Bing from the popular sitcom Friends and are a serial dropper. The rest have a lot of good choices, like the Apple iPhone 7 plus that has a larger screen and is water resistant too.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/19/2017
84% CAT S60 review – with FLIR thermal Camera
Source: Gogi.in English
The handset is good, very tough, hard to break (except the screen – depends), water proof and dust proof. Overall hardware is powerful, battery life is pretty good and heat-up is under control. Camera is not at all good but the thermal camera is something unique.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 84%
80% CAT S60 Review: Rugged but not for everyone
Source: India Today English
Certainly, if you require a thermal camera on your phone and rugged features, the S60 is made for you. After all the testing, we can say CAT S60 is an amazingly tough smartphone and lives up to its rugged tag without hiccups. More importantly it doesn't feel like the phone is made for special purposes as the interface is seamless for daily use and there is no extra protective glass on the display that could hamper the touchscreen experience.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Rugged CAT S60 Wins Thunderdome, Crushes Your Feeble Phone
Source: Forbes English
It’s for a completely different, niche crowd. It’s for tough, rugged folk who don’t wear flannel ironically. It’s for those of us who prefer not only function over form, but like some of our technology to still maintain a physical presence that is starting to fade with every new phone on the market. Soon phones will be paper thin holographic devices embedded in our skin, a bruise will break the screen. I’ll be the grizzled tech hoarder, still using my CAT S60 while you literally bleed over cracked screens.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2016
60% Batman called and wants his phone back
Source: Greenbot English
Priced at $600, it’s not the most affordable phone available. Although, if you were to tack on a waterproof case to most of the $400 phones flooding the market, you’re going to come pretty close to the Cat S60’s price tag, and won’t have a Flir camera to show for it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Tough build and thermal imaging make for a phone like no other
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Flir camera adds thermal imaging capabilities to a smartphone for the first time ever, which is a genuinely useful tool to have on your phone if you're in an industry that needs one. Not having to carry around a separate gadget means greater convenience, while the tough waterproof build means it can be used on a building site, in any weather, without ever having to worry that it'll be broken or water damaged.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/05/2016
60% Cat S60
Source: PC Mag English
If you need a super-rugged phone with a built-in thermal imaging camera, look no further than the Cat S60. But at $600, it's nearly as pricey as top-tier devices like the rugged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active and the shatterproof Moto Z Force Droid, both of which offer far better performance all around. You won't get a thermal camera in either of those phones, but you can always add an accessory like the Flir One.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Hands-on with the Cat S60 smartphone
Source: Tech Smart English
The thermal camera is more than just a simple gimmick and should come in useful in the right hands. But with a price of R12 999 – basically the same as certain flagships – the S60 is a purchase for those in certain sectors or environments that will make the most of its rugged, workhorse design.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/29/2016
80% CAT S60 thermal imaging smartphone review
Source: Stuff TV English
The S60 really is the smartphone version of Gordon Freeman’s HEV suit. It ticks every box that will suit a hard outdoor life, and doesn’t seriously skimp out on hardware to make that happen. OK, so you’re not exactly getting flagship specs, even if you’re paying top-end money, but the thermal camera could make all the difference if you’re in the trade.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% CAT S60 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The CAT S60 is the best ruggedised phone available at the moment. It easily outmatches competing devices, such as Panasonic’s Toughpads, when it comes to hardware and comes loaded with an awesome thermal imaging sensor. If you’re a professional who regularly works in hazardous environments, a DIY fanatic, or an extreme sports enthusiast the CAT S60 is a great handset.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Hands on: Cat S60 review
Source: Techradar English
For the rest of us, it is an expensive gadget, the novelty value of which is likely to wear off after a few trips to show it off down the pub. That said, it's a great handset if you are fed up of cracking the screen of your expensive phone and having to fork out a couple of hundred quid to get it repaired every time you drop it in the aforementioned pub's toilets.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/25/2016
Cat S60 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Active head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
If you love everything about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and don't mind forgoing its good looks in the name of durability, the Active could be the handset for you. The Cat S60 is impressive for different reasons. It may not match the Galaxy's specs, but it is by far the hardiest of the two and won't make your stomach flip if it drops into the drink. You might not necessarily find a use for thermal imaging, but you have to admire the innovation.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2016
60% Cat S60 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The Cat S60 will appeal to a very small sector who will find it a sensible purchase. For everyone else it's nothing more than an average Android smartphone with thermal imaging tricks to match Predator's.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% This Rugged Phone Beats the S7 Active
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Cat S60 tops its next-closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, in almost every way. It's more durable, has a brighter screen, lasts longer on a charge and looks better. At $599, the S60 is cheaper, too. And that's before you even talk about its built-in thermal camera. Where the S7 Active reigns supreme, however, is its camera, especially for photos taken in low light, as well as its more robust Snapdragon 820 processor. But if I needed to regularly put my tech in unforgiving situations, the S60 is the phone I'd buy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Cat S60 hands on review
Source: What Mobile English
The Cat S60 is not for me, nor is it for you, unless you’re reading this wearing a hard hat, then it’s most likely for you. It joins a growing collection of rugged phones but it is the first to have a built-in thermal imaging camera. A camera that is impressive but can also be replciated with accessories on ‘normal’ devices.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/12/2016
Outdoor-Handy mit Wärmebildkamera
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/08/2017
Caterpillar Cat S60
Source: Connect - Heft 12/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2016
92% CAT S60
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 92% price: 77% performance: 80% features: 100% display: 60% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100%
Das robuste Outdoor-Smartphone im Hands-on
Source: DiePresse.com German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2016
92% Caterpillar Cat S60
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 06/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 92%
70% CAT S60 robustes Smartphone mit Wärmebildkamera
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 69% display: 64% mobility: 90%
Wärmebildkamera und Smartphone
Source: GMX Österreich German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/11/2016
Extrem robust und mit Infrarot-Kamera
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/08/2016
Chuck Norris trifft Smartphone
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2016
Wasserdichtes Handy mit Wärmebildkamera
Source: Futurezone.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/28/2016
Das CAT S60 mit Wärmebildkamera
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2016
CAT S60, el móvil irrompible
Source: Media Trends Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; good cameras; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/12/2017
85% Smartphone CAT S60
Source: Wintech Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
70% Review – Cat S60
Source: PC Guia Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
82% Recensione CAT S60 uno smartphone da lavoro dotato di termocamera
Source: Megapk Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90%
Recensione: CAT S60
Source: InstaNews Italian IT→EN
Positive: Impressive design; good cooling system; decent hardware. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/18/2017
87% Recenzja CAT S60 – nie dość, że wytrzymały to jeszcze z termowizją
Source: Galaktyczny Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 90% display: 85% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90%
Telefon CAT S60: Odolný pracant s termokamerou (recenze)
Source: Svet Androida CZ→EN
Positive: Long battery life; dual sim; decent display. Negative: Poor cameras; relatively high price; heavy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/13/2016
83% Test Af Cat S60
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
70% Cat S60: Extremt tålig telefon med unik ir-kamera
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/26/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Test: Cat S60
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70%
74% RECENZIA CAT S60: Jediný telefón, vďaka ktorému uvidíte aj v noci
Source: Android Portal SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 74% display: 60% mobility: 90%

 

CAT S41

The Cat S41 is part of the Caterpillar brand. Caterpillar is known for its bright yellow and monstrous construction machines. Bullitt Mobile Limited, a licensee, sells smartphones under this brand for those who are used to dealing with big tools all day long. According to www.digitaltrends.com, Bullitt has already turned out phones under the JCB, Caterpillar, and Kodak brands (e.g. the Kodak Ektra). The Bullitt Group focuses on producing rugged phones. The Cat S41 is IP68 certified and MIL-STD-810G compliant. It uses mid-range hardware and can be used as an emergency charger.

Design and Connectivity

The ruggedized 5-inch phone is both bigger (152 x 75 x 12.85 mm) and heavier (218 g) than a standard smartphone with a similar screen size. www.techradar.com describes that it features a rubberized outer casing with a Cat logo displayed prominently on top (next to an 8-megapixel front-facing camera), and at the back of the device (below a 13-megapixel Sony camera sensor). They mention large physical system buttons, something which is essential when you are working mostly outdoors, with gloves or dirty fingers. All ports are covered by flaps. The S41 features an earphone jack at the top, and a speaker grill and a microUSB port at the base. The left-hand side houses the SIM tray (nano SIM), a microSD card slot and a programmable key. The volume rocker and the power button can be found on the opposite side. There are dual SIM (~500 USD / 350 EUR as of 02-16-18) and single SIM (~ 450 USD / 500 EUR as of 02-16-18) variants available on amazon.com / amazon.de. www.trustedreviews.com finds, “the CAT S41 has been unashamedly designed for durability, not visual flair or comfort in hand.” www.tomsguide.com confirms that the phone is difficult to grasp for those with small hands. They summarize, “The S41 doesn't try to play down its rugged roots like the Galaxy S8 Active. It's not particularly elegant, but then, that's not the point.” The phone features a kevlar laced polymer chassis and a Gorilla Glass 5 front. It is IP68 certified, i.e., it has been tested to survive drops from heights of up to 1.8 meters, temperature between -25 C to 50 C and prolonged submersion in water at depths of up to two meters. The tester from www.trustedreviews.com writes, “I didn’t get a chance to take the phone down to 50m depths, but it easily survived an attempted at drowning in my bathtub with its port covers plugged.” Moreover, it is MIL-STD-810G compliant. The manual (can be downloaded from www.catphones.com) specifies support for 802.11 a (5GHz), 802.11 b/g (2.4GHz), 802.11 n (2.4G/5G) Wi-Fi (no faster 802.11ac here!), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, and E911, FM RX, WiFi Direct, NFC. The following bands are supported 2G Band: GSM, GPRS, EDGE (Class 33), 3G Band: HSPA, R9, 4G Band: LTE Cat6. www.androidheadlines.com mentions that the Cat S41 supports plenty of global cellular network bands including those in the U.S. that are 4G, but it won’t work on Sprint or Verizon. In contrast to the LG X venture and the Samsung S8 Active, the S41 lacks biometric authentication such as a fingerprint reader. It features the usual proximity and light sensor, accelerometer, and e-compass. Sadly, the phone uses an older micro-USB charging port instead of USB-C (better charge and data speeds). While a FLIR thermal imaging sensor made the older CAT S60 interesting, the S41 lacks such a unique selling point. Nevertheless, www.trustedreviews.com think, “The S41 earns its place as one of the best ruggedised handsets yet.”

Display

The S41 features a capacitive 5.0-inch display with Full HD resolution, which supports 4 points touch. The tester from www.trustedreviews.com evaluates that the FHD resolution ensures everything looks suitable sharp, but colors are a little cool for his liking, and whites are far from the cleanest he has seen. Moreover, he mentions that the phone does not come close to matching competing smartphones, like the Asus Zenfone 4, let alone mobile HDR-ready handsets such as the Galaxy S8 when it comes to max brightness. In contrast, www.tomsguide.com writes that the screen is bright at 595 nits. In their testing, the S41 reproduced 116.6 percent of the sRGB spectrum and turned in a Delta-E color accuracy score of 1.46. www.digitaltrends.com evaluates, “The 5-inch TFT screen is average. It’s a little dull, but still visible in direct sunlight”. The tester of www.androidauthority.com felt very mixed about the display. He mentions fine colors and a respectable pixel density of 441 PPI, but he thinks that the large bezels let the phone’s display feel outdated. The CAT S41 can be used with gloves on, but it attracts fingerprints easily. www.gsmarena.com finds that an oleophobic coating would have been appreciated since this is the kind of phone that has to worry about more than skin oil.

Camera

The S41 features a 13 MP AF rear camera with LED flash and a 8 MP FF front camera. www.trustedreviews.com thinks that while the camera combo is not industry-leading, but it is more than good enough for everyday tasks, though the 13 MP camera cannot match the shutter speeds or low-light performance of top-end dual-lens cameras. In contrast, www.tomsguide.com is really disappointed about the S41’s camera. They summarize, “The S41's shooter is so bad, it makes most mediocre budget handsets look like iPhones and Pixels by comparison.” They recommend never to use HDR on the S41 as this will worsen the image quality. www.androidauthority.com shares the opinion that the cameras are terrible. In contrast, www.zdnet.com reports, “The camera isn't going to help you win photo contests, but in decent lighting outside (which is likely where many use such rugged phones) the S41 fared well.”

Software

The handset runs stock Android 7.0 Nougat, Google’s previous-generation operating system. Duplicate applications and bloatware have been kept to a minimum. www.trustedreviews.com confirms, “Outside of minor additions, like the aquatic mode, to the OS’s shortcuts menu, the UI is pretty much stock Android.” They think that the underwater aquatic mode could be useful for plumbers, since it could be great for people using the phone to spot the source of a leak, for example. They write that you will find a wealth of DIY and industry-specific services that help boost the phone’s enthusiast and industry appeal including the SOS Location Alert services, plus the Toolbox marketplace.

Hardware and Performance

With the Mediatek MT6757 (also known as Helio P20) and the Mali-T880 GPU, the S41 boasts faster hardware than the S60 (Snapdragon 617 Adreno 405). It features 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB on-board storage. The hardware is mid-range and targets average users. It has not been designed for gamers. www.techradar.com confirms, “The phone is fast enough for an average non-mobile gamer: there are enough resources, both in terms of compute power (don’t forget that the CPU has eight cores) and storage, to keep Android and a slew of apps running happily for the foreseeable future.” www.trustedreviews.com shares the same opinion, “The CAT phone opens applications reasonably smoothly and with no noticeable lag. Web browsing and video streaming run fine.” They mention that competing consumer-focused phones perform better in graphics performance and load times on titles such as Riptide GP2, but think that this is hardly a deal breaker in view of the S41’s focus. According to www.tomsguide.com, the S41 takes a hair longer than it should to boot up, but once it is ready, it performs admirably most of the time and you can expect the S41 to handle some light gaming. www.digitaltrends.com finds the Android 7.0 software experience to be smooth and responsive.

Battery Life

The 5.000 mAh battery is non-removable. Bullitt claims that it can keep the phone running for 44 days of standby time and 38 hours talk time. The phone can also serve as a emergency power bank using Cat’s proprietary Battery Share cable. You can set a minimal charge level, after which charging stops automatically. So, you do not have to worry about draining the phone's battery. The tester of www.trustedreviews.com praises,“The 5000mAh battery puts every other phone, including the gigantic Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Razer Phone, to shame when it comes to capacity, and makes the S41 one of the only phones I’ve tested that can constantly last a full two days off one charge with regular use.” He mentions that the The S41’s stamina even remained impressive when he threw more intensive tasks at it. www.tomsguide.com writes that this one of the longest-lasting smartphones they have ever tested. It lasted 15 hours and 19 minutes in their battery test (continuous website streaming over AT&T LTE). According to www.tomsguide.com the S41 lacks wireless charging, but it supports fast charging with the included Pump Express 2.0 wall adapter.

Speakers and Call quality

As many phones, the S41 only has one speaker. According to www.androidheadlines.com it does not belong to the best its kind. They report that it began to sound a bit tinny and would also start to sound blown out just a little bit at higher volumes (lower than they would have expected). www.trustedreviews.com observed “a tendency to pick up a minor hiss when recording or taking and making calls.” Hence, headphones are recommended for really good quality audio. According to www.androidheadlines.com phone calls sounded pretty clear on their end and they were told that they sounded fine on the other end too.

Summary

Advantages are robust, albeit bulky build, excellent battery life, and stock Android. A highlight is that the phone can serve as a power bank. Otherwise you will get a mid-range hardware. Moreover, the phone is a little pricey. www.techradar.com summarizes that the S41’s IP68 rating and subdued rugged looks will make it popular with builders and outdoor professionals. However they note that a unique selling point is missing so that many might look for a similar smartphone at a lower price and give the Chinese AGM X1 and the Blackview BV7000 as examples. www.trustedreviews.com recommends the phone to self employed handy-person or extreme-sports enthusiast in need of a rugged smartphones. www.tomsguide.com explains that there are only few options when you are after a truly durable smartphone, which range from the quite expensive Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active, which is both tough and powerful, to devices like LG's X venture, a budget handsets, which compromises heavily on specs and features. In there opinion, the S41 does not make much sense unless you spend a lot of time on a construction site or in the unforgiving outdoors, away from a wall outlet. www.digitaltrends.com finds, “As durable and long-lasting the Cat S41 is, we don’t think those are enough reasons to buy it with its current price tag.”

Sources

https://www.catphones.com/en_gb/cat-s41-smartphone.html
https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/bullitt-builds-cat-kodak-phones/
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cat-s41
http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/cat-s41
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/cat-s41,review-4814.html
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/cat-s41-review/
https://www.androidauthority.com/cat-s41-review-815500/
http://www.zdnet.com/product/cat-s41-4g-lte-32-gb-gsm-smartphone/
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/11/cat-s41-review-rugged-integrated-power-bank.html
https://www.gsmarena.com/cat_s41_and_cat_s31_handson_review-news-27054.php
https://www.equipmentworld.com/cat-s41-review/
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Specifications

CAT S41Notebook: CAT S41
Processor: Mediatek Mediatek Helio P20 MT6757
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T880 MP2
Display: 5 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 0.218kg
Price: 500 euro
Links: CAT homepage

Pricecompare

Average Score: 74.54% - average
Average of 13 scores (from 23 reviews)

 

80.5% CAT S41 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
CAT Phones also goes with the times and updates its robust outdoor models according to the current hardware requirements. We clarify in our review what buyers can expect from the IP-68 certified S41 that has also been tested according to MIL-SPEC-810G.
93% CAT S41 review: A rugged smartphone for users working in extreme conditions
Source: Techaeris English
The CAT S41 isn’t for everyone and isn’t a phone for the average consumer. It’s not pretty, it’s not expensive, it doesn’t run the latest software, and it’s not a status symbol. What it has going for it is it’s a functional and rugged tool that is meant to be used and can be abused. Buyers seeking those attributes will love this phone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 95% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 95% workmanship: 95%
83% CAT S41 review: Built to survive tough environments with a battery that last for days
Source: Zdnet.com English
The Cat S41 rugged smartphone is designed for a particular field worker or adventuresome person and it is not for everyone. It is reasonably priced, especially when compared to today's flagships, and performs well at the jobs it is designed to complete.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%
CAT S41 rugged smartphone
Source: Tech Smart English
There’s a reason why CAT has become the trusted name in rugged phones, with the S41 another example of a well-built device able to withstand care-free usage.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/22/2018
74% CAT S41 review: Truly a niche device
Source: Android Authority English
The Caterpillar S41 is one of the most rugged devices we’ve seen to date. The physical keys, IP68 weather resistance, and Gorilla Glass 5 make it a respectable choice for those working in dangerous environments. However, this is not a consumer device. The sluggish processor and less-than-ideal camera will keep away anyone wanting to use their device for more than the simplest tasks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 65% display: 80% mobility: 96% workmanship: 77%
80% Cat S41
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If you’re a self employed handy-person or extreme-sports enthusiast in need of a rugged smartphone, the CAT S41 is a great choice. Featuring a robust, albeit chunky build and offering excellent battery life and a pleasingly bloatware-free Android install, the CAT S41 is one of the best ruggedised phones to arrive this year.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Cat S41 Review: The Phone Endures, the Camera Does Not
Source: Tom's Guide English
Few smartphones are built to suffer the kinds of abuse the S41 can handle and still hit a reasonable price point. CAT has done a commendable job of bringing that durability to the midrange market without making too many sacrifices. This is a decently performing handset with almost incomparable battery life, and for the right customer, it definitely suits a need.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Cat S41 review
Source: Techradar English
The Cat S41 has hit a sweet spot by going after an audience who will know about the brand, and are likely to request VAT refunds and look for a solid aftersales service – which similarly priced Chinese-sourced rivals won’t be able to match on either count.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Zwei Toughe Typen
Source: Connect - 9/18 German
Single Review, , Short, Date: 09/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 60% features: 60% ergonomy: 60%
80% Zwei Toughe Typen
Source: Connect - 9/18 German
Single Review, , Short, Date: 09/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% ergonomy: 80%
Ein toughes Outdoor Smartphone auf Reisen
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2017
89% CAT S41
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 89% price: 83% performance: 60% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%
Outdoor-Smartphone
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/11/2017
Cat S41 klasse Outdoor-Handy mit 5000-mAh-Akku
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/13/2017
Cat S41 das neue Outdoor-Smartphone
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2017
80% Review – Cat S41
Source: PC Guia Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Recensione Cat S41
Source: Notebook Italia Italian IT→EN
Positive: Good price; nice performance; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/06/2018
CAT S41: La Recensione – La sicurezza si paga
Source: Androidiani Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice design; solid workmanship; nice performance. Negative: Poor cameras; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/02/2017
50% Review Cat S41: sterke telefoon mist kracht
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 50%
80% Review: Cat S41 (Android Smartphone)
Source: GadgetGear.nl Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Cat S41 review
Source: Nieuwe Mobiel.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Support waterproof; nice display; long battery life. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/13/2017
Recenzja CAT S41. Tak wytrzymałe powinny być wszystkie smartfony
Source: Antyweb Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; nice display; waterproof and dust avoiding; long battery life. Negative: Heavy and bulky; no USB-C; high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/22/2018
60% CAT S41 [TEST]: Robust håndværkermodel
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/11/2019
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 50%
Test: Tåliga CAT S41 med jättebatteri
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Positive: Long battery life. Negative: Poor cameras in low light.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/20/2017

 

CAT S61

The CAT S61 is a smartphone that features an advanced thermal imaging camera, a laser distance tool, and an air quality monitor. It is a great rugged phone that’s ideal for a variety of different professions. It is capable of serving engineers, plumbers, builders, farmers, the military, and other groups seeking a particular set of skills from their phones. The only downsides are performance issues and a fairly ridiculous price which will compromise its appeal to hobbyists. The Cat S61 has IP68 and IP69 dust and water resistance so it can handle most environments. It is also rated to handle environments from -25 to 55 degrees Celsius. This is a chunky tank of a phone, capable of surviving falls, bumps, and dunks without a case. On the casing, it has a thick, matte aluminium frame with a glossy edge contrasting with the black plastic, and a distinctive, angled protrusion at the top bears the Cat logo. The 5.2-inch display has three physical buttons below it for access to the back, home, and recent apps, enabling a user to navigate the Android interface even if their hands are wet or dirty. There’s a polycarbonate lip around the screen to prevent it from touching down if a user drops their Cat S61; it also comes with a screen protector already applied over the Gorilla Glass 5 display. Screen quality is always one of the first areas to be sacrificed on rugged phones. This remains the case with the S61. The 5.2-inch screen offers a significant upgrade on the S60’s panel, but it still doesn’t match equivalently priced non-rugged phones. It’s close to half an inch (1.27 cm) larger than the S60’s 4.7-inch screen, plus the jump from 720p to FHD makes it significantly sharper. Holding the S61 next to the S60, the text is sharper and the screen is generally more pleasant to use. The screen temperature has also been improved. The screen has lost the cool, dull look that plagued the S61. Brightness levels are also better, although nowhere near mobile HDR levels. The hardware specifications feature the slower and older Snapdragon 660 instead, and 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB onboard storage, which places it just below flagship devices. Just to note that the S61 was never meant to compete against the latest smartphones with top specifications. The rest of the specification is fairly standard: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, a 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, fast charging capabilities (via Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology) and a tiny 18 W power supply. The CAT S61 currently runs on Android Oreo. The company has also confirmed it will be upgraded to the newer version, Android Pie when it arrives later this year. Security updates have also been guaranteed for at least the next three years. Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Specifications

CAT S61Notebook: CAT S61
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 508
Display: 5.2 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 0.25kg
Price: 899 euro
Links: CAT homepage

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Average Score: 74.5% - average
Average of 12 scores (from 27 reviews)

 

84.1% CAT S61 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The robust CAT S61 puts all those who say that there are no innovations in the smartphone market to shame. However, with the built-in thermal-imaging camera, a laser distance measure, and the automatic measure of the indoor air quality, its most important features might be more useful for professional users.
CAT S61 — Australian Review
Source: Ausdroid English
There’s a pretty tight target market for the CAT S61 and it’s users who live and work in harsh environments that need a phone capable of surviving the day with them. If you’re not in a trade or industry that fits that bill then you’re not a target user.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/21/2019
50% CAT S61 review – Construct a better handset
Source: Htxt Africa English
There's really not much to see with the S61 aside from the laser measuring and FLIR camera. Both work decently but not nearly as well as bespoke gadgets for those purposes. What really kills this handset is its middling features and premium price. We know its a rugged phone so there are trade-offs but we feel this handset doesn't compel us to cough up the price of admission.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 50%
80% CAT S61
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The CAT S61 is the ultimate, money is no object, rugged phone. But it still isn’t perfect. Clearly aware it’s onto a winning format, Bullit has chosen not to rock the boat on the S60, refining rather than rethinking the design of the S61. Highlights include a more powerful thermal imaging sensor, laser measuring tool and ambient air sensor that will act as canary in a coal mine.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Cat S61 rugged smartphone
Source: Tech Smart English
There’s not much else to crit on the Cat S61. It’s a workhorse built for those for whom ‘light’ should not refer to neither their beer or smartphone. The Cat S61 is the best one in the range by far, pushing it from a mid-range muddler to a strong performer where you don’t need to sacrifice processing power nor screen quality.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/03/2018
CAT S61 Android smartphone review: Taking the smartphone as a tool to the next level
Source: Zdnet.com English
The Cat S61 smartphone is not designed to compete with the Apple iPhone, OnePlus 6, Galaxy Note 8, or any other typical high end or mid-range smartphone. You should only consider buying the S61 if your company has a need for thermal imaging technology. If you just want a rugged smartphone with no need for thermal imaging, then take a look at the Cat S41 for $450.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/30/2018
Cat S61 hands-on: See like the Predator
Source: Android Authority English
Overall, it’s great to see a phone fill a niche that isn’t being filled by many other manufacturers. For people that work in extreme conditions, this is a good option (or even if you’re just tough on your devices). It isn’t pretty and it will cost a whopping 899 Euros ($999 USD) when it launches in Q2, but this might be in the running for one of the best rugged phones out there.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/01/2018
CAT S61 Hat es überlebt?
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/05/2018
Outdoor-Smartphone voller Features
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/09/2018
78% Handwerker-Handy mit coolen Features und langer Akkulaufzeit
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 73% features: 73% display: 94% mobility: 94%
Dieses Smartphone misst bis 400 °C, Längen und Luftgüte
Source: Computerbase German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2018
70% Grobe Kelle statt feine Klinge
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Das unzerstörbare CAT S61
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2018
Grobe Kelle statt feine Klinge
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/22/2018
Cat S61
Source: Golem German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/22/2018
75% Cat S61
Source: PC Guia Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 75%
75% Cat S61 review
Source: Nieuwe Mobiel.nl Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2019
Rating: Total score: 75%
60% Cat S61 - Buurman & Buurman-smartphone
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
84% Test du Caterpillar Cat S61 : le smartphone tout-terrain qui a plus d'un tour dans son sac
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 80% mobility: 100%
Test robuuste bouwtelefoon CAT S61
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Positive: Nice design; solid workmanship; excellent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/02/2019
CAT S61 - pancerny kociak Boba Budowniczego
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Elegant design; great built quality; nice cameras; good hardware; high performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2018
Kipróbáltuk: CAT S61, a hőkamerás tank visszatér
Source: HWSW HU→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; very tough; decent cameras. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2018
Smartphone Android hàng thửa giá 999 USD
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high performance; metal case; support waterproof and dust avoiding. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/23/2018
82% Cat S61 [TEST]: Mobilen er din værktøjskasse
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 60% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 100% workmanship: 90%
83% Test: CAT S61
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%
74% Cat S61 Supertåliga Cat S61 med värmekamera testad
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 74%
83% Test: CAT S61
Source: Ljud och Bild SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%
TEST CAT S61 – Smartphone cu valoare adăugată, proiectat să reziste
Source: Playtech.ro →EN
Positive: Long battery life; support waterproof; powerful hardware; high performance; excellent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2018

 

CAT S48c

Specifications

CAT S48cNotebook: CAT S48c
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 508
Display: 5 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 0.258kg
Price: 600 euro
Links: CAT homepage

Pricecompare

Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

60% CAT S48c Review: A Simply Indestructible Phone
Source: Tom's Guide English
If you can't afford to worry about your smartphone quitting before you do, the CAT S48c is well worth a look. This combination of durability and battery life is almost nonexistent among consumer handsets. If one thing is certain, Bullitt spared no expense building the latest CAT phone into the tank it ought to be.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
Hands-on with the Cat S48c rugged phone, available now on Verizon
Source: Android Authority English
It’s interesting that the CAT S48c doesn’t include any special features like we’ve seen in previous CAT devices. Most of the company’s phones have included some kind of extra feature to make the phone extra compelling to hardcore users, but, besides the ultra-rugged design and certification, the S48c doesn’t seem to offer much extra. Still, for those looking for a device that won’t break and can take photos underwater, this could be a compelling option.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/10/2019

 

Comment

CAT:

CAT, which can be easier found under CAT Phones in the web, gets seldom reviewed, does hardly have any market shares and achieves average ratings (as of 2016).


These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

Qualcomm Adreno 305: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 400 and S4 Plus SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Qualcomm Adreno 405: Integrated graphics card for ARM based SoCs. Depending on the used SoC the clock rate is around 500 MHz and features 48 unified shaders.Qualcomm Adreno 508: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 630 SoC based on the Adreno 500 architecture. According to Qualcomm "up to 30% faster graphics rendering than previous designs". Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

ARM Mali-T880 MP2: Mobile graphics solution for tablets and smartphones, which can be found in ARM SoCs (for mostly Android based devices). The Mali-T880 can be built with 1 to 16 clusters, where the MP2 version features 2 clusters/cores.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Qualcomm Snapdragon:

400 MSM8926: ARM Cortex-A7 Quad-Core clocked at up to 1.2 GHz, manufactured in 28nm. Supports LTE.617 MSM8952: Mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU cores (Cortex-A53, 64-bit capable) and an Adreno 405 GPU. Manufactured in a 28 nm LP process.630: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2.2 GHz, an Adreno 508 GPU, a LPDDR4-2666 memory controller and a X12 LTE (Cat 13/12, 300 / 150 MBit) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process. Mediatek Mediatek:

Helio P20 MT6757: ARM based octa core SoC (8x ARM Cortex-A53) clocked at up to 2.3 GHz. The chip also includes a Cat.6 LTE modem.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.185 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

0.258 kg:

This weight is typical for smartphones.


74.74%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

Sony Xperia 10
Adreno 508, Snapdragon 630, 6", 0.162 kg
Nokia 6.1
Adreno 508, Snapdragon 630, 5.5", 0.172 kg
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