Caterpillar is synonymous to the construction industry – the world of power vehicles, heavy industrial tools, and heavy work boots (which at some point in time most people wanted a pair of). CAT Phones, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, has been outing rugged smartphones over the years, and this year, at the IFA 2014 in Berlin, it has announced a new rugged smartphone – the Cat S50.

The Cat S50 is probably one of the more advanced rugged phones out in the market – in terms of features and software. Most ruggedized and industry-standard devices will rely on hardware features as their selling points, while trading software advancement. The Cat S50 comes with Android KitKat out of the box, and over 1000 handpicked apps pre-installed for industry, outdoor, and rugged usage.

Underneath the armor is a Snapdragon 400 Quad-core processor turning at 1.2GHz. It sports a 4.7-inch IPS HD 1280×720 screen made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3, and can be used even with wet fingers. It is backstopped by 2GB of RAM and has 8GB of internal storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD. The battery is a 2,630mAh one, probably pretty weak for an outdoor phone, the S50’s one chink in its armor.

Speaking of rugged defense, the phone is US military certified (Mil Spec 810G) for physical integrity, IP6X dust-proof, IPX7 water-resistant – which means you can take it underwater (1 meter deep) for 30 minutes. The phone also gives you 4G connectivity along with rack of internal connectivity features. The Cat S50 will start selling at USD$499.

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