Cat S61 is announced, features a thermal FLIR Lepton camera and an IP68 body

22 February 2018, 08:11:59

Cat S61 is announced, features a thermal FLIR Lepton camera and an IP68 bodyCat S61 is the latest addition to Cat's series of rugged smartphones and the second model after Cat S60 to pack a thermal camera. Made by Bullitt Group, the model embeds a FLIRs Lepton thermal microcamera, which offers an increased temperature range of -20 to +400 degrees Celsius, improved MSX image detail and quality, updated MyFLIR applications, and supports new functions such as vehicle diagnostics, asphalt monitoring, and live streaming. Cat S61 has a ruggedized body that is IP68 certified (dust-tight and waterproof) and is tested in water up to 3 m deep for 1 hour. The device is built to survive repeated drop tests onto concrete from 1.8 m and covers the military MIL Spec 810G standard. The front is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In addition, the smartphone features a laser-assisted area and distance measurement up to 10m and VOC indoor air quality meter and humidity sensor. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo that's bound to be upgraded to Android P when it comes up.

Cat S61 is built around a 5.2-inch IPS display with a 1080p resolution and support for operation with wet fingers and gloves. The hardware is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 mobile platform combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The model supports LTE Cat 13, VoLTE, VoWiFi, Enhanced GPS, BT5.0, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi. The model's camera department includes a 16MP primary shooter and an 8MP front-facing snapper. A 4500 mAh battery keeps the lights on. Cat S61 will be showcased at the MWC 2018 and will go on sale in Q2 of this year, priced at €899 / £799 / $999.

"FLIR's technology has played a crucial role in bringing thermal imaging to a variety of professionals, enhancing the capabilities and awareness of construction workers, electricians, first responders and anyone requiring a device built to survive the elements," said James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. "FLIR's mission is to save lives and livelihoods, and with the Cat S61 FLIR-equipped smartphone, we're arming professionals with valuable thermal data that can help them save time and money while improving the overall effectiveness of their work or mission."

"Nearly two years ago, we unveiled the Cat S60, the world's first thermal imaging smartphone. As customers’ needs have evolved, we are bringing forth the most advanced thermal-equipped smartphone ever to enable even more users to work in complex environments with ease," said Peter Stephens, CEO Bullitt Group, global licensee for Caterpillar. "FLIR's industry-leading Lepton sensor, coupled with the Cat S61’s advanced technical design and ruggedness, brings a superior level of awareness and functionality for practically any environment."Source

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