RUGGED SMARTPHONE MAKER Cat Phones has unveiled the Cat B15Q, which improves on its Cat B15 predecessor with upgraded software and a more powerful processor.
The Cat B15Q, according to the firm, is the first rugged smartphone to run Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, with Cat targeting those buyers after something tougher than the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Sony Xperia Z2.
The smartphone is IP67 certified, which means that it can handle drops onto concrete, being submerged in water and extreme conditions, able to function in temperatures from -25°C to 55°C.
Irking Sony's Xperia Z2, the Cat B15Q's 4in 480x800 resolution Gorilla Glass touchscreen boasts Wet Finger Tracking support, which means you can operate it even when the device is wet.
As well as an upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat, the Cat B15Q improves on its predecessor with a quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6577 processor, and the firm has also added Bluetooth 4.0 and an LED flash to accompany the handset's 5MP rear-facing camera.
Its casing has been toughened up too, with Cat boasting that the B15Q's speaker and microphone now come encased in silver anodised aluminium and shock absorbent rubber, making it more shock resistant than last year's model.
Cat Phones CEO Oliver Schulte said, "With the Cat B15Q we have taken consumer feedback on board from its predecessor and added, for example, a faster processor and improved imaging capabilities.
"This is the first rugged handset available globally to support Android's KitKat so users no longer need to choose between smartphone durability and the latest Android features. The B15Q is a key milestone to Cat phones becoming the number one global rugged device vendor by 2015."
The Cat B15Q will be available in the UK next month. There's no word on pricing yet, but it likely will fetch around the same price as last year's Cat B15, which cost £300 SIM-free. µ