are making their phones smarter everyday, turning them into an integral
part of our daily lives. But despite that many of us lose our beloved mobiles
to things like breakage due to falling from our hands or getting drenched. The
Cat S60 however is a different species. It knows that 'with great power comes
great responsibility' and so it gets a military grade protection, IP68
certification and a very cool trick up its sleeve.
The Cat S60 is the world's first smartphone with a thermal
imaging camera that adds a load of 'coolness' points to the device, no doubt.
While the thermal camera might not be of much use to some, apart from being a
gimmick, there are a lot of people who might find it mighty helpful especially those
who are in the construction of electrical business. Being a PC enthusiast I
found myself using the thermal camera to check which component in my cabinet
was generating the most amount of heat. Similarly people in different
professions might find it helpful in doing things that aid their work. A fun
fact, the thermal camera only takes images at a resolution of 80x60 pixels
only. Now before you get all disappointed, here is a neat trick that Cat and
FLIR have pulled off. Through the use of a special technology the mobile
actually takes the image from both, the thermal and the 13MP rear camera, to deliver the final
result which is very high quality. The thermal camera shows you the range of
temperature in your scene and also lets you monitor a specific point. This
thermal camera is not just there for real-time viewing, you can capture the
images and videos you see and even make entire thermal time-lapses
Apart from the thermal camera, the other thing that make the
Cat S60 standout is the level of ruggedness it boasts of. First off the
smartphone has been reinforced with a die cast frame which makes the phone drop
proof from a height of 1.8m.We can confirm the same as we did put the phone
through a few drop scenarios that tend to happen and the phone survived. But
things don't end just there. This phone also comes with IP68 certification
making it water and dust proof. You can take this smartphone to as much as 5m
deep in the water for up to 60 minutes and it will still work! Along with this
comes the ability to operate the touchscreen even with wet hands or when you
have gloves on.
Now with all the protection built into the device it is bound to be bulky and that it is. So despite the 4.7inch display, the phone feels big in your pocket. I am totally okay with that but some people might not be. Since it is unlike the sleek and sexy phones that we usually see, you need to appreciate its beauty in a different manner. Think of this device like your own James Bond mobile that can even save you from bullet (not literally). The Cat S60's frame has an octagonal design and the front gets 3 physical buttons below the screen, all of which have a trapezoidal design. The back is textured and black in colour making for a good grip and solid looks.
When you come to the specs of the Cat S60, they are pretty decent and sufficient for the most part. There is an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with 4 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and 4 others clocked at 1.2GHz. Paired with the CPU is the Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of RAM. While it might not be as powerful as the other devices in this price bracket, it does pack enough to make your smartphone experience lag free. The UI flows well, thanks to the stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow that you get. Internal storage stands at 32GB and you can add in a micro-SD card of up to 256GB without sacrificing a SIM slot. This again shows how Cat has tried to make this phone with the least amount of compromises when it comes to practicality. The battery backup is also great thanks to the 3800mAh battery which was able keep the device alive for more than a day despite my heavy usage. So on moderate usage you can get even better results. The 720p screen up front is pleasing to look at and in my opinion is sufficient for the 4.7 inch display of this phone. Since it is a phone meant for outdoor usage, the brightness levels are very high and you can easily use this device even under the sun.
Coming to the camera, the S60 gets a 13MP autofocus rear shooter with LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera. Both cameras work great during the day or when you have adequate light but the moment you shoot in low light conditions you will see some very obvious noise and grains in your images and videos. Both the front and rear cameras get HDR support and 1080p video recording at 30fps. Sadly there is no dedicated manual mode but you can change some of the parameters like ISO and exposure.
The Cat S60 is definitely a phone that can stand huge amounts of punishment and still work flawlessly and will make a lot of sense for people who love themselves some adventure. While the average city dweller might not be able to appreciate the caliber of this smartphone, those that do would gladly spend Rs 64,999 for the practicality and exclusive premium-ness that it offers.
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