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Cat S60 è uno smartphone ultra resistente, che vede anche al buio e… tanto altro (foto)

Nicola Ligas

Cat ha presentato un altro “telefono dei suoi”, ovvero molto resistente, com’è lecito aspettarsi dal celebre marchio. A dirla tutta però questa volta c’è anche qualcosa in più: la presenza di una fotocamera termica inclusa nello smartphone, che gli consente quindi di vedere anche al buio e di rilevare i punti di calore.

Si tratta della Flir thermal Camera che abbiamo recensito qualche tempo fa, ed in effetti il suo impiego in un telefono da lavoro, come questo Cat S60, ha pienamente senso, dato che può essere utilizzata per individuare perdite e parti elettriche difettose.

Caratteristiche tecniche di Cat S60

  • Schermo: 4,7” HD che funziona anche con dita bagnate e guanti, protetto da Gorilla Glass 4
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Memoria interna: 32 GB
  • Fotocamera posteriore: 13 megapixel con dual LED flash, subacquea + thermal camera
  • Fotocamera frontale: 5 megapixel
  • Batteria: 3.800 mAh con Quick Charge 2.0
  • Connettività: LTE, dual SIM, Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, radio FM
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Caratteristiche quindi di livello piuttosto elevato per uno smartphone da lavoro, cui si aggiungono una scocca rinforzata per renderla ancor più resistente, tanto da essere a prova di catura fino da 1,8 metri (MIL Spec 810G). Oltre a questo abbiamo anche un’alta qualità audio,

LEGGI ANCHE: Flir One, la nostra prova (foto e video)

Tra i tanti software presintallati c’è anche un’app dedicata di Flir, che permette di catturare scatti singoli, panorama e video, con palette dei colori per la temperatura intercambiabili, rilevamento in un punto preciso, e valori massimo, minimo e medio per la temperatura rilevata.

Uscita e prezzo Cat S60

Cat S60 sarà disponibile nel corso del 2016 per 649€, una cifra piuttosto elevata, ma in linea con quanto ci aspettavamo, viste le sue particolarità. Torneremo comunque sull’argomento quando lo smartphone sarà disponibile in Italia, per adesso vi lasciamo con alcuni bei render ed il comunicato stampa originale.

Cat® phones today announced the launch of its new flagship product, the Cat S60; the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, and the world’s most waterproof smartphone. The device will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016, in Barcelona.

The Cat S60 includes an embedded thermal camera from FLIR, the global leader in thermal imaging technology, allowing Cat phone users to be the first in the world to use their smartphones for a multitude of use cases, including: detecting heat loss around windows and doors; spotting moisture and missing insulation; identifying over-heating electrical appliances and circuitry; and seeing in complete darkness.

The thermal camera visualizes heat that is invisible to the naked eye, highlighting temperature contrasts. It can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50 to 100 feet, and see through obscurants such as smoke, enabling a huge range of use cases for building professionals, utility workers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, and emergency first responders to name but a few.

The Cat S60 is also waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for one hour, allowing it to be used as an underwater camera, pushing the boundaries of mobile technology, and how and where it’s used.

“To stand out from the crowd in today’s smartphone market requires true innovation and we are proud to partner with FLIR to announce what is truly a world’s first,” said Peter Stephens, CEO Bullitt Group, global mobile device licensee for Caterpillar. “The Cat S60 represents a milestone for smartphones. We are excited for thermal technology to be in the hands of Cat phones customers and to discover the myriad of daily time and efficiency use cases it will present for them.”

“We are delighted to work on the latest Cat phone with Bullitt Group, to integrate our thermal camera into their proven, industrialized smartphone to create a truly innovative and groundbreaking mobile product,” said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. “The CAT S60 presents mobile users around the world with new capabilities – a ‘sixth sense’ experience that only thermal imaging can offer.”

The Cat S60 is also an extremely tough and robust, world class rugged smartphone. It exceeds military spec, is built to withstand drops onto concrete from up to 1.8 meters, and it’s dustproof as well as waterproof. Its versatile, super-bright display can be viewed in bright sunlight, and the touchscreen can be controlled with wet fingers or while wearing gloves. It is also protected by the latest Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4.

Cat S60 key features:

  • Strengthened Die Cast Frame
  • Drop proof to 1.8m, MIL Spec 810G
  • Super bright display (typical 540 nits), Gorilla Glass 4
  • 4.7″ HD capacitive multi-touch with auto wet finger & glove support
  • Optimised battery performance (3800mAh)
  • High quality audio experience (>105dB)
  • Underwater 13MP main camera with dual flash, 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
  • 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
  • Android™ Marshmallow
  • Dedicated FLIR thermal camera app with MSX technology; still image, panorama, and video capture; changeable heat palettes; temperature spot meter; and min, max, and average temperature data

The Cat S60 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, Feb 22nd – 28th, Barcelona Stand CS80. It will be available later this year RRP €649 / $599.