In February 2018, Bullitt Group and CAT launched their latest rendition of the S61 smartphone at the at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and today the flagship to the S60 is finally launched in South Africa.
As cool as it was to play with at the event, my experience with the software was slightly tricky.
Firstly, if you’re looking for a slim and sleek smartphone, look elsewhere, the new CAT S61 is a ruggedized smartphone for workers and first responders who have to operate in harsh environments. These ‘ruggedized phones’ have to be able to work in areas such as industrial sites, disasters, or conflict zones, and also require special features to assist the users.
The mighty IP68-rated waterproof CAT S61 looks solid on pictures, and in person it feels just the same: a very robustly made smartphone that is reinforced all around.
One of the key features that stand out of the CAT S61 is, of course, the FLIR thermal imaging camera. The previous S60 was the first smartphone with a thermal camera built-in, and the S61 continues down that path by improving on image quality, but Bullitt/Cat equipped it with a new software and therefore enhanced its temperature range up to 400°C.
The second key feature that grabbed my attention was the laser-assisted distance measurer. This one works quite well too; it has a maximum distance of 10 meters, and a precision is up to one millimetre. Another impressive stand out was its waterproof feature – can be submerged in up to three meters of water for an hour.
The third key feature of the CAT S61 is its indoor air quality sensor from Sensirion that can detect indoor air pollutants (Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs) and notify users when an unhealthy environment is detected.
Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that Bullitt supplies its specially crafted App Toolbox with its Cat and Land Rover-branded smartphones. The toolbox contains a selection of programs for different activities, including construction, farming, rugged works and so on.