Caterpillar is bringing its latest rugged phone to the US for $ 699

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The Cat S62 Pro – which is Cat as in Caterpillar, the construction company – is now available in the US. The rugged smartphone is the latest Cat-branded device (technically a product of licensee Bullitt Group) and builds on the integrated thermal camera capabilities of its predecessors. It’s designed with construction and industrial workers in mind, and at $ 699 it’s a more attractively priced successor to the 2018 S61, which debuted in the US for $ 899.

Going on sale in the UK last summer, the S62 Pro has solid (if not super competitive) phone specs, which aren’t guaranteed in the rugged phone class. You get a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 660 processor with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a 4000 mAh battery. But unlike regular midrange devices launching now, you don’t get 5G connectivity or Android 11 pre-installed; it comes with Android 10 and Cat says it will provide an update to 11. While the S62 Pro is significantly cheaper than its predecessor, it no longer offers air quality and distance sensors and uses a slightly smaller battery (compared to 4,500 mAh).

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Those are the boring stuff. The exciting things the S62 Pro has to offer include its marquee: a built-in Flir thermal imaging camera with four times the thermal pixels of its predecessor. The phone offers new modes that allow users to adjust and combine overlapping information from the standard 12-megapixel camera, providing more context to the thermal image. There is also an option to set an alarm to notify you when a certain temperature level is detected.

Regarding its robust credentials, the S62 Pro is rated IP68 and IP69: the first indicates that it is safe to submerge in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, the second that it can withstand high pressure spraying. The company says it has been tested against even more severe conditions than this, but it is guaranteed to the level of those official IP ratings.

The S62 is built to withstand harsh working environments.
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It can withstand drops of up to six feet on a steel surface, and the Gorilla Glass 6 screen is backed by an additional factory-fitted screen protector. The S62 Pro also meets the requirements of the military standard MIL-STD-810, including resistance to vibration and thermal shock.

The S62 Pro is not currently available through any of the major US carriers, but is offered directly unlocked by Cat phones and third parties including Amazon and Home Depot.