Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging and Android Oreo

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

At MWC 2016, Caterpillar demonstrated the smartphone CAT S60, which became the first smartphone with a built-in thermal imager.

The device has become one of the best-selling rugged phones in 2016.

Caterpillar returns to the market and announces the successor to the Cat S60, the new Cat S61 smartphone. The new device is quite specialized, representing a reliable working tool. It has an attractive configuration that provides stability, impact resistance, reliability.

Like many industrial devices, the Cat S61 complies with the IP68 standard in terms of protection from moisture and dust and also meets the requirements of the US military standard MIL-Spec 810G.

Let’s start to review the Cat S61 and learn all its main features and price.

Cat S61: Specifications

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

Cat S61: Design

In the category of durable smartphones, the aesthetics of appearance does not really matter, but our Cat S61 cannot be called ugly. It is massive, has an unusual shape, but it looks attractive in its own way. Most of the front panel is a 5.2-inch screen, which is protected from external influence Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Above the screen, there is a front camera, a talking speaker and LED indicator. Below, we see three mechanical buttons “back”, “home”.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging This is from the standard elements. In addition, there are two mechanical switches 2/5 m above and below the screen. They are rather tight and it seems that they mechanically close the rubber seals inside. The 5 m position is designed to be immersed to the appropriate depth (as it is easy to guess), with all the cracks in the speakers clogged.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

The smartphone is quite thick, around the perimeter is a massive aluminum frame, which corresponds to the standard MIL-Spec 810G. The volume buttons are moved to the left end. They are also made of metal, they are large and quite tightly pressed.

On the bottom, there is nothing but two plastic inserts. Apparently, for the adequate operation of wireless modules.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

The right side is loaded with functional elements. It housed the power button with an embossed surface, an orange function button (you can assign the desired functions or applications to it, either for a short or long press). Below are two stubs with an SOS button and a Micro USB connector. Still, lower is a separate plug for the 3.5 mm connector.

In the upper part of the case, there is a large ledge with the logo FLIR. Apparently, the module itself has an impressive size.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

The back cover has a textured surface “under the carbon”. In the middle – the company logo – CAT.

It hosts the main 16-megapixel camera, the thermal imager’s eye, the laser for distance measurement and the sensor that determines the air quality in the room.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

As mentioned earlier, the smartphone is absolutely not afraid of diving. Drops from the height of human growth smartphone are also not terrible. The smartphone operates in the temperature range from -25 ° C to 55 ° C.

The dimensions of the smartphone Cat S61 are a length of 150 mm, a width of 76 mm and a thickness of 13 mm.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

Cat S61: Screen

The smartphone has a 5.2-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a 16: 9 aspect ratio. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects the screen from mechanical damage.

The touchscreen supports multi-touch up to 10 simultaneous touches and is designed to work with gloves or wet fingers.

The screen has a very high maximum brightness, with viewing angles is also all good.

The picture is bright and saturated, there is enough brightness even in the bright summer sun.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging Cat S61: Performance

Heavy-duty processors and a lot of RAM – this is clearly not a chip of this class of smartphones. The smartphone runs on a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 eight-core processor. The chip is made according to the standards of 14nm process technology and consists of 8 cores Cortex-A53 operating at 2.2GHz.

It is combined with the graphics accelerator Adreno 508 and 4 GB of RAM. The data storage capacity reaches 64 GB, but it can be expanded with microSD cards up to 256 GB.

Cat S61 running OS Android 8.0 (Oreo) and the manufacturer announces that the device is provided with an update for Android P, the future Google operating system.

The smartphone supports 3G and 4G networks, there is Wi-Fi 802.11 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. To find the location, global positioning systems GLONASS, GPS, aGPS and Beidou are used. The smartphone very quickly determines the satellites and without connecting to any cellular networks.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

Cat S61: Camera

The Cat S61 has two cameras. On the rear surface is the main camera with a resolution of 16 MP and from the front 8 MP front camera. The main camera has autofocus, a dual LED flash and a thermal camera FLIR (module Lepton).

Thanks to its camera, this phone can give users a view at night. Developed in partnership with FLIR, the camera on the Cat S61 will conquer you from its first use.

The video can be shot in a resolution of 2160p @ 30 frames per second. The interface is extremely simple and understandable. All the necessary functions are on the screen (or within one level of the menu).

The emphasis in the smartphone is clearly not on the main camera, but it allows you to get quite good photos under normal lighting.

The smartphone is equipped with a thermal imager FLIR, which is able to operate at a distance of up to 30 meters in the dark and through the smoke. You can take photos and videos with HD resolution, which is normal for such cameras. The smartphone can show the temperature in the range of -20 to + 400 degrees Celsius.

Also, the S61 is equipped with a special humidity sensor that uses VOC technology.

With the help of a sensor, you can monitor the quality of the air in the room and know if something is unsafe.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

Cat S61: Battery

Cat S61 has a non-removable lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh. The phone supports Quick Charge 4.0. This is enough for a smartphone for 2-3 days of work with quite impressive loads. Largely due to the relatively small diagonal and power efficiency of the Snapdragon 630 processor.

Cat S61 review: Rugged smartphone with Thermal Imaging

Cat S61: Price and Availability

On sale, Cat S61 will appear in the second quarter of this year at a price of € 899/£ 799/$ 999.

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