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CAT S31 rugged smartphone finally available in the US

CAT S31 rugged smartphone now available in the US
CAT S31 rugged smartphone
The 4.7-inch CAT S31 is now available in the US via Amazon for around US$330 and, although its specs do not match this price range, the IP68-rated water resistance and its compliance with the MIL-SPEC 810G standard for ruggedness make it a worthy choice for those who face tough environments frequently.

The CAT S31 has been around for a while, but it seems that its arrival to the US was delayed for unknown reasons. Introduced back in October, this handset comes with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed, but all the other specs and features are far below today's mid-rangers. However, this is more than just another smartphone, since it can be easily considered a brick with a touchscreen display due to its ruggedness.

The 4.7-inch 720p TFT capacitive touchscreen display of the CAT S31 can be used with wet or gloved fingers and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer. Its solid build allows this handset to withstand drops from up to 5.9 feet. Fully compliant with the MIL-SPEC 810G military standard, the CAT S31 is also waterproof according to the IP68 specification (it can spend up to 35 minutes in water down to about 3.94 feet).

Other than the above, we should mention the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage (microSD support up to 64 GB), 2 MP (front) and 8 MP (back) cameras, as well as the generous 4,000 mAh battery. Combined with the low-power chipset, this power pack should provide a generous autonomy, but it can also be used to charge other devices thanks to CAT's Battery Share feature.

Those interested in grabbing this long distance runner for their outdoor adventures and the time spent in hazardous environments at work can find it on Amazon and other retailers for US$329.99 (maybe more or less depending on the discounts and promotions that might be active at a given time).

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-12-14 (Update: 2017-12-14)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.