Cat S60: world’s first smartphone with a thermal camera

falcon786

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A bit pricey,but yeah looks good considering what you're getting,I guess I've finally found my second phone.

FLIR,underwater photography and dual sim are the draw cards for me,combined with what should be great battery life makes a mean outdoors phone!

Put a Cell C and Telkom sim card in there and you could basically use any available South African cellphone tower that has reception wherever in the bundus you may find yourself since those two can also roam on Mtn and Vodacom.
 

supersunbird

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A bit pricey,but yeah looks good considering what you're getting,I guess I've finally found my second phone.

FLIR,underwater photography and dual sim are the draw cards for me,combined with what should be great battery life makes a mean outdoors phone!

Put a Cell C and Telkom sim card in there and you could basically use any available South African cellphone tower that has reception wherever in the bundus you may find yourself since those two can also roam on Mtn and Vodacom.

Well, the FLIR One android attachment costs around ~R6000, and its not even double that.
 

FNfal

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My friend has been using a Cat phone for the last 3 years and he swears by them , he is hard on phones and has not broken his one yet .
I looked at the phone it is fugly .
 

xrapidx

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Wonder if its a phone I won't be able to break in the first three months.
 

NeonNinja

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My phones just don't last, thus the reason I have not had one for about 2 years. I keep breaking them by accident and just figured not worth the hassle. I recall the only Nokia they had can't recall what it was named and that thing was like a BRICK!. I would gladly get something similar. Maybe I should just go buy one and see... I posted in the Cellphones thread but about 300 people read it and not one single review. Guess they not that popular in the Geek world :eek:

How can you not have a phone for 2 years?
 

dualmeister

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More info.
Announced just before MWC 2016, the Cat S60 boasts impressive specs, including a 4.7-inch HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD card, 3,800 mAh battery. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the company says it’s the most rugged handset it has ever created.

The handset has a super-bright display, Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass, a strengthened die-cast frame, MIL Spec 810G. The phone is waterproof and dustproof, can go underwater up to 5 meters for one hour, and can survive drops onto concrete from 1.8 meters.

That also means the phone is rather thick and bulky, so it’s definitely not the kind of phone you’d easily slip into your pocket.

But the absolute coolest thing the Cat S60 has to offer is the FLIR thermal camera on the back. The phone can be used as a standalone camera, using the regular camera app, or in independent thermal mode. Interestingly, the camera can combine the two elements.

The thermal features of the Cat S60 will certainly be appreciated by people such as construction professionals who can use it to spot overheating electrical circuitry or missing insulation, while rescue workers could use it to find buried victims.

The app can also be used to determine whether a certain location is safe when it comes to temperature. You can use the app to discover the highest and lowest temperature in a section, and thus, determine whether it’s safe to pass.

The bottom line is that people who are looking for a way to visualize temperature quickly, regardless of the purpose, will appreciate the abilities of the FLIR camera in the smartphone.

There might not be many things I could actually use the FLIR camera for during my regular activities – perhaps I could use it to check the water temperature when preparing a bath – but I’m fascinated by this particular technology and the fact that we can have it included in a device as small as a phone.

In case you have any worries regarding storage or battery, you should know that the thermal pictures are about the same size as regular photos. As for battery life, the Cat S60 I saw is a prototype, so there are no estimates for it just yet. But the demo unit that I played with was used for an entire day of demos and was still at around 10% battery life at around 5 p.m.. At 3,800 mAh capacity, the battery should be good for at least a day of work.
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a friend of mine had one, after a month , his phone numbers went bad. He could not phone unless he type the numbers, and as his account is over R2000 a month , he send it for upgrade, but still the same problem, he bought a S7 and are happy now.

I also wanted the cat, but the mtn salesman told me to look at anything else.
 

supersunbird

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a friend of mine had one, after a month , his phone numbers went bad. He could not phone unless he type the numbers, and as his account is over R2000 a month , he send it for upgrade, but still the same problem, he bought a S7 and are happy now.

I also wanted the cat, but the mtn salesman told me to look at anything else.

I doubt your friend had the S60. One has to judge a brands models on the specific model. Like the Samsung S3 and S3 mini that were just not that grand, swollen battery issues for example. Some Sony model had overheating issues.

Anyway, since this is their flagship I hope they don't have such issues.
 
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