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CAT S41: a rare breed of indestructible smartphone

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If your line of work requires you to have a smartphone that is virtually indestructible, then CAT S41 is the right choice for you.

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The brand Caterpillar is very well-known for its toughness, be it industrial equipment, machinery, construction vehicles and so forth. That’s where they imparted their expertise and transformed it into a smartphone.

And it started back in 2015 with the release of its predecessor – CAT S40. Even back then it received worldwide recognition for being one of the most durable smartphones ever made.

Before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback to the CAT S40 as follows:

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~234 ppi density
  • IP68 certified – dust and water proof resistant over 1 meter and 60 minutes
  • Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.8 meter
  • MIL-STD-810G compliant - salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 chipset, Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 304 graphics and 1GB RAM
  • 8MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 64GB maximum
  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • August 2015 release date
  • ~$619 USD price tag

If you want absolute peace of mind, the unprecedented level of safety is written all over this smartphone, the CAT S40 delivers it perfectly well. Never mind the fact that it costs a bomb, and the specs are entry-level, as it gets the job done in the end.

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Two years feels like an eternity in the realm of smartphones. Therefore the CAT S41 couldn’t have come sooner; and here’s the lowdown on it:

  • 5-inch Full HD TFT capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~441 ppi density
  • IP68 certified – dust and waterproof resistant over 2 meter and 60 minutes
  • Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.8 meter
  • MIL-STD-810G compliant - salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 chipset, Octa-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T880 MP2 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Battery share
  • September 2017 release date
  • 399 British Pound or ~$525 USD price tag

As you can obviously see, CAT S41 presents a real upgrade for those wanting an indestructible smartphone with updated specs to the current year. Starting with the decent 5-inch TFT screen and Full HD resolution, who says you have to squint your eyes for the screen to be readable. The protection is back, better than ever as always.

Regarding performance, CAT S41 falls in the mid-range of things with the Helio P20 chipset, a fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 3GB RAM. 

And who says you can’t enjoy yourself while at it? A good 13MP-8MP camera combination is all you need to capture your surroundings while having some fun while you are at it. It even functions perfectly in Under Water mode too – so you can continue to work, or capture any important moments underwater.

A 32GB internal storage is available, which can be further expanded up to a maximum 256GB which makes it even nicer.

A huge step-up in the battery department on the CAT S41 is very helpful. This is where the 5000 mAh battery shines and gives you 44 days standby time and 38 hours’ talk time. When your day takes you somewhere and you are unable to charge your phone, you know you can brave it through with this smartphone. Then comes the Fast battery charging feature that ensures you will get up and running in no time at all. The Battery share feature lets it power up other devices that need a little help in the way of a charge. 

With Android Nougat 7.0 operating system running the show for CAT S41, you get all the nice features and enhancements that it brings to the table.

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CAT S41 is one of those devices that you can trust. It brings a certain assurance that all will go well, no matter what the environment that you are in. It is built to handle the extreme conditions you face every day at work and play. As a tough, waterproof phone, you can drop it, dunk it or even forget to charge it, and the Cat S41 will keep on working for you. Yes, you may consider it to be expensive – but there’s nothing quite like it in this world.

CAT S41 is currently available for 399 British Pounds or ~$525 USD. It will only be available in Black colour.

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