by | Nov 26, 2020 | Rugged Phone

It is a durable phone and passes the drop test.

I have watched the results in many videos. They have dropped the phone from the step or a height, but too it is working without any issues. It is an extremely rugged phone designed for adventurous consumers or outdoor technicians who would typically find themselves in unforgiving environments and, the phone launched in March 2017 in the market.

Display and Speed:

It is a touch screen phone and has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels that have intense brightness and, it has dimensions of 147.90 x 73.40 x 12.66 with a weight of 223.00 (g). It is available only in black color.

The CAT S60 comes with a 4.7-inch 720p display with viewing angles. The colors are warm, and the contrast is also good. The quality display is also pretty bright and a luminance rating of 840 Lux. Sunlight visibility is pretty good, which makes sense considering that the device is to be used outdoors in rugged conditions.

Waterproof phone

This phone is waterproof up to two meters and, you can flip the Lockdown Switches up to five meters, and this brings the device down to such depths. It gives you insight into the kind of users CAT is aiming for this smartphone. It provides a feature that switches can shut off the speakers and, you can protect the earpiece from water damage. The device also lets you take pictures or videos underwater. The programmable key has an “underwater mode” as well. When you turn this on, the touchscreen is disabled and then turned on the camera. Pressing the volume button down activates the shutter in this mode, while the programmable key. Also, you can switch the modes between photos and videos. Touching the display brings up a slider that lets you disable this mode.

Hardware and software

It has an Octa-core (4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53) with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 with a RAM of 2GB and, it is having an internal memory of 16 GB and, it is expandable storage you can expand up to 128 GB by using microSD.


This phone comes up with a dual-rear camera, with the secondary camera being a thermal imaging camera. It is a phone’s signature feature has my opinion. The camera can detect heat signatures and give you a quick visual glimpse at heat levels emitted by objects.

Besides the thermal imaging camera, the CAT S60 comes with a standard 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The camera is a tad over saturated and lacks details or sharpness in the images taken by the rear. However, the contrast is pretty decent. Pictures taken by the front camera are pretty bleak and, skin tones are not distinct.


The CAT S60 sports have a great capacity of a 3800mAh battery. During my average workday, which starts at 9 am, ends at 11 pm, the battery % left with about 13%. That’s with about 20 minutes of music streaming, 30 minutes of gaming, and a bunch of messaging, calling, social media, and playing around with the FLIR camera. In our synthetic benchmark tests, the phone ran for about 8 hours and 40 minutes. That’s about the industry average for phones today.

If you are looking for a phone that can keep up with your rough and tumble lifestyle, there are hardly any phones that can compete with the CAT S60. It is currently in a class of its own and, things may remain that way for a long time unless Samsung finally decides to bring its Active lineup of devices to India. Even if it does, it’s hard to see Samsung beat CAT in all aspects.

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