Some of you guys in the construction industry might be familiar with the Caterpillar brand, but interestingly it seems that the company might be thinking of expanding into a new market entirely by announcing the Caterpillar CAT B10 Android smartphone, and as you might have expected from a construction company, the CAT B10 has been designed as a rugged device.

The phone has picked up IP67 certification for being resistant to scratches, dust and water, with the device allowing for underwater submission up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes. However apart from its sturdy build, its internal hardware specifications leave a lot to be desired, although we’re guessing that Caterpillar’s intended audience might be prioritizing ruggedness over speedy processors or 4G LTE connectivity.

The CAT B10 sports a 3.2” display, with an 800MHz single-core processor under its hood, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a front-facing camera, and will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread although it was mentioned that an Android 4.0 update will be available at some point. The Caterpillar CAT B10 Android smartphone is expected to be made available globally by the end of May and should retail for $500 off-contract.

[Image credit – The Verge]

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