CAT Unveiled Its Extremely Rugged S50 Smartphone Running Android 4.4 KitKat and a CAT App Store

September 4, 2014 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

CAT or Caterpillar is a (smart)phone manufacturer which makes extremely rugged phones meant for extremely clumsy people and those who work in extreme conditions, like construction workers for example. The company introduced yet another member of its family, CAT S50 smartphone, which is company’s new flagship. This device is sporting a 4.7-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display protected by Gorilla Glass 3 along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD card). The device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. 2630mAh battery is included to power up your device. As for the software, S50 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed. Now we get to the good part, this device is rustproof, waterproof (IP7x certification) and dustproof (IP6x certification). It comes protected with a shock absorbent rubber shell, which seems extremely sturdy.

CAT has promised access to its own app store in the future for the customers who, and I quote: “don’t need to dig through the 1.2 million apps on Google Play to find the one they want.” The device will be available in the near future for $499 or €479, depending on where you live. I’ve handled one of CAT’s phones recently and the thing is insanely sturdy, you really have to see it (and feel it) in order to get the right picture. Device’s shell can really take some serious beating and if you’re extremely clumsy and keep dropping your phones all the time or you work in extreme conditions, this might be the device for you. I actually recommended this to a cousin of mine who is a construction worker and uses regular cellphones when he’s at work, he breaks them all the time. Phones like this one are specifically designed for people like that. Have you ever handled one of CAT’s devices? If you have, what are your thoughts, would love to hear them. No word on the release date, though I believe S50 will be available really soon, so stay tuned, we’ll let you know when we find out more information.