hold the phone

Cat has an­nounced the launch of its new flag­ship rugged smart­phone, the S61

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The Cat S61 re­places the Cat S60 at the top of the Cat phones food chain. The new model boasts an in­te­grated FLIR ther­mal imag­ing cam­era, built-in laser as­sisted dis­tance mea­sur­ing and an in­door air qual­ity sen­sor.

The S61 fea­tures a 5.2-inch (13.2cm) FHD touch­screen which has been op­ti­mised for out­door use and the touch­screen can be op­er­ated with gloves on or with wet fingers. The de­vice uses the An­droid ‘Oreo’ op­er­at­ing sys­tem and runs on a 2.2GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon pro­ces­sor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory (which is ex­pand­able via Mi­croSD).

As with all Cat phones, the S61 is fully ruggedised for use on site or in the ware­house. Cat says the S61 has been built to with­stand re­peated test drops on to concrete from a height of 1.8 me­tres thanks to its re­in­forced alu­minium die-cast frame and Corn­ing Go­rilla glass.

The S61 is also IP68 dust­proof and wa­ter­proof (tested in wa­ter up to three me­tres deep for one hour) and con­forms to US mil­i­tary stan­dard MILSTD-810G.

The in-built FLIR ther­mal imag­ing sys­tem on the S61 fea­tures en­hanced soft­ware for greater image con­trast and a tem­per­a­ture range ex­panded to 400 de­grees Cel­sius. Through the Cat S61’s MyFlir app, users can live-stream ther­mal imag­ing di­rect from the site.

“We know that 60 per cent of Cat S60 cus­tomers use the in­te­grated ther­mal cam­era at least once per week and the tem­per­a­ture and res­o­lu­tion im­prove­ments found in the new Cat S61 will open up ther­mal imag­ing to many more users and use cases,” Bul­litt Group (Cat global mo­bile de­vice li­cencee) CEO Peter Stephens says.

The smart­phone’s laser as­sisted dis­tance mea­sure­ment al­lows users to mea­sure point-to­point dis­tances of up to 10 me­tres.

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