CAT’s subsequent telephone is so rugged we’re stunned it does not have a beard
We might hate to confess it, however you possibly can by no means actually mistake your humble narrator for a manly man, breaking cinder blocks together with his pectoral muscle mass and hanging out at monster truck rallies. That does not imply, nevertheless, that we will not respect the engineering and energy that went into CAT’s latest rugged smartphone, the S50. We’re informed that it is designed “for the outside,” that terrifying world the place there is no WiFi and cozy furnishings we see solely in our nightmares. The four.7-inch handset is coated in a liberal serving to of Gorilla Glass three, however the first time we requested about decision — which we later discovered is 1,280 x 720 — the gadget simply glowered at us as if we might challenged its masculinity.
The physique of the S50 is waterproof, licensed dustproof to IP6X and waterproof to IPX7, which signifies that it is able to lasting beneath a meter of water for half an hour. There’s an eight-megapixel digital camera ‘spherical again, however this telephone believes that selfies are nothing greater than foolish nonsense, which is why the ahead-dealing with shooter is a meek VGA choice.
You is perhaps disenchanted to study that there is not a cuddly inside lurking beneath that austere shell. Alas, you will simply discover a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 paired with 2GB RAM alongside 8GB of inner storage that may be bolstered with a 64GB microSD card. Battery-sensible, there is a 2,630mAh cell tucked in there, rated for round sixteen hours of speak time. The corporate can also be promising entry to its personal app retailer, which claims to supply a curated expertise such that its clients “need not trawl by means of the 1.2 million apps on Google Play to seek out the one they need.” It’s going to be obtainable sooner or later within the close to future, priced at $499/€479, relying on which aspect of the Atlantic you reside.
Replace: We had the prospect to expertise the ruggedness of the S50, which reps fortunately dropped repeatedly on the ground. The gadget, which can come to Germany quickly, with North America following both within the final quarter of this yr or the primary quarter of the subsequent. With a rubberized again and corners together with robust plastic sides, it undoubtedly feels strong sufficient to endure greater than a good quantity of torture. It’s kind of thick, however fortuitously it isn’t terribly giant to make it an uncomfortable match.
Along with its waterproof nature, the telephone comes with moist-finger monitoring, so you possibly can nonetheless swipe to unlock the display even should you’re all sweaty; it additionally alerts you in the event you depart your protecting tabs open, so you do not overlook to seal all the things again up whenever you’re accomplished plugging (or unplugging) one thing in.
Brad Molen contributed to this text.
- Key specs
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- Sort Smartphone
- Working system Android
- Display measurement four.7 inches
- Inner reminiscence eight GB
- Digital camera eight&#one hundred sixty;megapixels
- Introduced 2014-09-04