Rugged smartphone Cat S40 goes on sale on August 1

Cat S40 Android smartphone with rugged design
Cat S40 rugged handset
This 4.7-inch Android Lollipop handset offers excellent protection from the elements and entry-level specs, but lacks a removable power pack that most competitors offer and some consider it to be really expensive.
Codrut Nistor,

People who need a rugged phone but want something else than Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active do not have too many choices around. Fortunately, Caterpillar has just unveiled a rugged Android smartphone that promises to offer excellent reliability, battery life and protection from the elements, but rather modest specs and features overall. Its name is Cat S40 and should go on sale in 60 countries all over the world starting at the end of the week, on August 1.

Advertised as "the toughest smartphone in the Cat phones portfolio to date," the Cat S40 has the following specs and features:

  • Processor: quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8909 SoC
  • Memory/Storage: 1 GB RAM; 16 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 64 GB
  • Display: 4.7-inch qHD Super Bright with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Cameras: 2 MP front, 8 MP rear
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, micro USB, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
  • Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop 
  • Battery/Autonomy: non-removable lithium-ion 3000 mAh; up to 18 hours talk time and up to 39 days standby
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.41 pounds; 5.7X2.92X0.49 inches

This smartphone features both wet-finger tracking and glove-on working technology while its ruggedness qualifies it for both IP68 and MIL-SPEC 810g certifications - it can handle drops up to 6 feet and is also water and dust proof.

Cat S40 will retail for roughly $620 USD, but pricing may depend on market and carrier.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-07-28 (Update: 2015-07-28)
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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.