Four drawbacks of the CAT S62 Pro, which our review reveals
With the ambient light sensor enabled, the brightness peaks at 517 cd/m², which is not a good result for a rugged smartphone that is supposed to be used mostly outdoors. However, when compared to the rest of the competition, the CAT S62 Pro does not look particularly bad. Having said that, the brightness is not very evenly distributed.
Outside, the CAT smartphone leaves a mixed impression. While the screen content is barely readable in direct sunlight due to a low brightness, the display is legible in the shade.
The internal memory of the S62 Pro is slow, which is why loading times in day-to-day use are rather long. The eMMC memory of the CAT smartphone has relatively low write speeds. A 650-Euro smartphone should come with UFS memory.
The rugged CAT smartphone comes with a Qualcomm SoC from 2017. The Snapdragon 660 has a cluster-based CPU design with four high-efficiency cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and four high-performance cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. Due to the 14-nm manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 660 is significantly less energy-inefficient than the Snapdragon 765. Because of its slow memory and an outdated SoC, the S62 Pro does not feel very responsive.
Mediocre battery life
The S62 Pro has a 4.000-mAh battery. In theory, this should be sufficient for a smartphone with a 5.7-inch screen. However, because of an inefficient SoC and a relatively inefficient LCD panel, the S62 Pro does not last as long as we would expect it to. In our Wi-Fi test, in which we limit the display brightness to 150 cd/m², the S62 Pro achieves a solid battery runtime of about 11 hours. Howbeit, the CAT smartphone could have lasted longer, given its potential use cases.
Read our review of the S62 Pro to learn more about the S62 Pro.