CAT S60, The World’s First Smartphone With Thermal Imaging

thermal imaging smartphone

thermal imaging smartphoneIf you’re thinking just how smartphones can stand out from the rest of the pack, the answer is always simple- just offer features that others have not thought out yet. Although it will not in any way make a smartphone instantly popular and sell like hotcakes, this can at least get them some initial attention that could lead to that. But it can also be tricky since there is no assurance that  any single feature will catch on and become the next popular trend people tend to latch into. In a way, there is always a risk involved. That is something that the new CAT S60 smartphone will be getting into.

While most people are aware that CAT is more associated with tractors and other construction industry-related products, they have also been offering products like mobile phones as well that comes with its trademark rugged tough and practical features. In the case of the new CAT S60 smartphone, the company is launching something quite different. It is the world’s first smartphone that is equipped with a thermal imaging camera.

The CAT S60 smartphone is, first and foremost, built for tough situations.  It features an Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM and a microSD slot for an additional 128GB of storage. The new CAT S60 runs on Android Marshmallow and comes with a 4.7-inch 720p LCD touchscreen and a non-removable 3,800 mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery with Quick Charge 2.0 for faster charging times. This rugged smartphone also comes with an IP68 rating- can stay waterproof while submerged 5 meters underwater for 60 minutes, can withstand drops of up to 6 feet, dust proof and can withstand extreme temperatures. But that is not what makes the CAT S60 unique.

The new CAT S60 also features a 13MP camera with FLIR thermal imaging capabilities. This makes it the world’s first smartphone with such a feature. Using MSX Technology, this smartphone can capture clear thermal images as well as video and even timelapse footage that can also be shared. Multiple spot meters can also help pinpoint temperature readings on captured images. This feature also allow the camera sensors to penetrate through smoke and other similar obstacles in order to capture images or record videos.

There is a world of other possibilities available for using the thermal imaging camera on the CAT S60 smartphone. That is why the company is also making the SDK available to developers interested in developing apps that makes use of its thermal imaging module. The new CAT S60 smartphone will be available for pre-order next month in  the European markets. It is expected to go for around 649 Euros and $599 once it is available in the US market.

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