You may know Caterpillar as the manufacturer of tractors and construction equipment but did you know that the company has a presence in the smartphone market? The company will soon be releasing their rugged Cat B15 Android smartphone in the U.S. for $350. This device which is already available in several European countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and Norway is known for its ability to withstand a beating.
Cat B15 Technical Specifications
- Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Processor: MediaTek MT6577 Dual 1GHz Cortex-A9
- Size: 4.9 x 2.5 x 5.9 inches
- Weight: 5.99 oz
- Screen details: 4-inch WVGA 480×800 LCD, Capacitive Multi-touch, Gorilla glass, wet finger tracking
- Memory: 4GB storage + 1 GB
- Camera: 5.0 MP Rear, VGA Front
- Video: 720P recording 30 FPS Codecs H.263, H.264/AVC, mpeg4/SP, VP8
- Talk time: Up to 9 hours
- Standby: Up to 9.5 days
- Connections: microUSB, microSD 32GB, 3.5mm audio
- GPS: A-GPS mode
- Temperature Operational range: -4º F to 131º F
- Drop testing: 5.9 feet onto concrete
- IP rating: IP67 waterproof to 3.2 feet for 30 min; impervious to dust
The device made its presence felt at the CTIA 2013 event held at Las Vegas marking its first official appearance in the U.S. It’s basically similar to the international version the only difference is the added support for GSM 850/1900 and the AWS bands 1700/210.
Caterpillar partnered with Bullitt Mobile, a British electronics company, to come up with this rugged device. The exact date of release has not been announced yet. The company is also in negotiations with several retail partners and carriers to carry the device. Since this is a GSM model then it’s possible that it might be coming to AT&T or T-Mobile.
The Cat B15 has a very solid body that is made of a rubber and aluminum shell. It’s designed to withstand falls and extreme environments. You can drop it from as high as 6 feet and it will still work perfectly.
If you can make do with a 3G only device with low to mid-range specifications then this model is definitely what you should be looking for.