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Cat S50 is the most durable 4G Android 4.4 Kitkat smartphone yet

Trumps the Xperia Z3 with Mil Spec 810G certification
Thu Sep 04 2014, 15:04

Cat S50 is a rugged Android Kitkat 4G smartphoneCAT PHONES announced the rugged Cat S50 at IFA on Thursday, and it might just be the most durable Android phone yet.

The Cat S50 follows in the footsteps of the B15Q that debuted in June, and puts the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z3's lifeproof features to shame.

As well as being IP67 certified, which means it's resistant against water and dust, the Cat S50 boasts Mil Spec 810G certification, which specifically means that it can withstand being dropped from a height of 48 inches a total of 26 times. The handset, much like Samsung's Galaxy Tab Active, also comes with a shock absorbant frame, while Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen from shattering.

Aside from its rugged features, the Cat S50 arrives with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and a 4.7in HD 720p screen, complete with wet finger tracking technology. There's also an 8MP camera with flash, 4G LTE support, 8GB of internal storage expandable by an additional 64GB and a 16 hour battery.

Android 4.4 Kitkat is the smartphone's mobile operating system of choice, and it is the firm's first handset to come pre-loaded to the Cat Phones App Store, furnishing the S50 with access to "specially curated apps".

Cat Phones CEO Oliver Schulte said, "Choosing a mobile phone suitable for outdoor pursuits has often meant making a compromise on either the functionality or the level of protection.

"Not so with the S50, which offers all of the features of a high-end smartphone with the level of protection and durability that you'd expect from the Cat brand."

The Cat S50 will be available for around £450 when it arrives in the UK. µ

 

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