While it is nice to see smartphone manufacturers take the initiative to come up with tough looking handsets, not to mention making them more durable in the presence of water, such as the Sony Xperia Z3, this does not mean that such handsets are so durable and tough, they will be able to survive any kind of drops and knocks. No sir, but there are some highly specialized phones out there like the CAT S50 that are tough as nails. First unveiled at this year’s IFA expo, the CAT S50 has now crossed the Atlantic, making this one of the most tough Android-powered smartphones to hit the US.
Just what kind of hardware does the CAT S50 pack underneath its rugged exterior? Well, we are looking at a 4.7” display at 720 x 1280 resolution, 2GB RAM, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (not the fastest, we know), an 8P shooter, 8GB of internal memory, with it accompanied by Android 4.4 KitKat as the mobile operating system of choice, not to mention boasting LTE connectivity. As for its toughness, well, you can always fall back on its IP67-certified waterproofing capability, not to mention having wet-finger tracking support. Apart from that, there is also a scratch resistance exterior in addition to conforming to the Mil Spec 810G military rating for operating in harsh environments.
There are rubber bumpers across all four corners, in addition to a thick plastic armor. The CAT S50 runs on a 2,630mAh battery that has been rated at 16 hours of talk time, and it delivers up to 33 days of standby time. Pricing and availability details have yet to be determined as at press time.
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