LAS VEGAS: CATERPILLAR unveiled the Cat B100 rugged mobile phone at CES on Monday, a feature phone boasting high-end rugged characteristics.
The Cat B100 isn't Android powered like the Cat B15 smartphone which was unveiled last year, but the firm claims it's just as durable.
The phone comes with IP67 certification, which means that while it doesn't look like much, it's resistant against dust, a 1.8 metre drop, being submerged in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes and temperatures from -25 degrees to 55 degrees C.
Caterpillar is aiming the handset at those who work in industrial settings, boasting that the B100's noise cancelling microphone is great for clear calls in noisy environments, while its traditional 9-button keyboard is "ideal for use with gloves".
Beyond its life-proof features, the Cat B100 also has a 2.2in QVGA screen, a 3MP rear-facing camera and 10 hour battery life.
Dave Floyd, Co-CEO of Bullitt Mobile Ltd, a licensee of Cat phones, said, "The Cat B100 is a practical and tough mobile phone, designed for people who demand ultimate reliability. Its rugged features, long battery life and talk time make the B100 an ideal choice for tough conditions.This is a phone that won’t let you down.”
Caterpillar said that the B100 will be available in Europe almost immediately with a worldwide launch planned for the first half of the year, but the firm has not revealed the handset's pricing yet.
No doubt to lure dads and builders with chunky fingers, the Cat B100 will be sold along with an optional belt clip.
Check back soon for our hands-on review of the Cat B100 from CES 2014. µ