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The CAT S60 Is The First Smartphone With Built In Thermal Imaging

The CAT S60 Is The First Smartphone With Built In Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging has been making its way into the hands of more and more consumers over the past year or two thanks to FLIR. Their easy to use thermal imaging accessories easily attach to your smartphone and provide the functionality, however CAT is now offering that same functionality right out of the box with the new CAT S60.

This new phone is a rugged Android smartphone that is designed for the construction market. Making up it’s nearly half inch thick body is a massive 3,800 mAh battery and extensive water proofing in up to 16 feet of water. That is possible thanks to a couple of switches around the device which seal off the speaker, headphone jack, and the microphones. However even without that, the device can still function in up to 6.5ft of water.

Of course the biggest highlight of this phone is the FLIR Lepton thermal imaging sensor sitting on the back which can see in total darkness. It can pick up heat and even read surface temperatures from up to 100ft away and even through obscurants like smoke. This gives it an endless range of possibilities for building professionals, first responders and many more.

The S60 also packs a 4.7″ inch display covered in Gorilla Glass 4 and packs some solid specifications. Those included an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and even comes out of the box with Android Marshmallow.

The device will go up for sale this summer for $599 here in the US with CAT showing off the phone at MWC next week.

Press Release


FLIR’s Lepton Thermal Microcamera Module Embedded into Cat Phone’s Rugged Smartphone

READING, UK, February 18, 2016 – Cat® phones today announced the launch of its new flagship product, the Cat S60; the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, and the world’s most waterproof smartphone. The device will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016, in Barcelona.

The Cat S60 includes an embedded thermal camera from FLIR, the global leader in thermal imaging technology, allowing Cat phone users to be the first in the world to use their smartphones for a multitude of use cases, including: detecting heat loss around windows and doors; spotting moisture and missing insulation; identifying over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry; and seeing in complete darkness.

The thermal camera visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, and see through obscurants such as smoke, enabling a huge range of use cases for building professionals, utility workers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, and emergency first responders to name but a few.

The Cat S60 is also waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for one hour, allowing it to be used as an underwater camera, pushing the boundaries of mobile technology, and how and where it’s used.

“To stand out from the crowd in today’s smartphone market requires true innovation and we are proud to partner with FLIR to announce what is truly a world’s first,” said Peter Stephens, CEO Bullitt Group, global mobile device licensee for Caterpillar. “The Cat S60 represents a milestone for smartphones. We are excited for thermal technology to be in the hands of Cat phones customers and to discover the myriad of daily time and efficiency use cases it will present for them.”

“We are delighted to work on the latest Cat phone with Bullitt Group, to integrate our thermal camera into their proven, industrialized smartphone to create a truly innovative and groundbreaking mobile product,” said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. “The CAT S60 presents mobile users around the world with new capabilities – a ‘sixth sense’ experience that only thermal imaging can offer.”

The Cat S60 is also an extremely tough and robust, world class rugged smartphone. It exceeds military spec, is built to withstand drops onto concrete from up to 1.8 meters, and it’s dustproof as well as waterproof. Its versatile, super-bright display can be viewed in bright sunlight, and the touchscreen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves. It is also protected by the latest Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4.

Cat S60 key features:

  • Strengthened Die Cast Frame
  • Drop proof to 1.8m, MIL Spec 810G
  • Super bright display (typical 540 nits), Gorilla Glass 4
  • 7” HD capacitive multi-touch with auto wet finger & glove support
  • Optimised battery performance (3800mAh)
  • High quality audio experience (>105dB)
  • Underwater 13MP main camera with dual flash, 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
  • 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Dedicated FLIR thermal camera app with MSX technology; still image, panorama, and video capture; changeable heat palettes; temperature spot meter; and min, max, and average temperature data

The Cat S60 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, Feb 22nd – 28th, Barcelona Stand CS80. It will be available later this year RRP €649 / $599.

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Ben Schoon

Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.