Cat’s new S60 is the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera

by: Jimmy WestenbergFebruary 18, 2016

Cat S60

Just days before Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Cat has introduced a new smartphone that’s the first of its kind. The Cat S60 is the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, and it’s also the world’s most waterproof smartphone. Sounds pretty cool, right?

The embedded thermal camera is made by none other than FLIR, the company that’s currently leading the pack in thermal imaging technology. Why would you want such a device? Having access to this special type of camera will let you detect heat loss around windows and doors, spot moisture and missing insulation, identify over-heating appliances and circuitry. Oh, and it lets you see in complete darkness too. Thermal cameras let you visualize heat that’s normally invisible to the naked eye. You can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from a distance of up to 50-100 feet, and also see through certain obscurants like smoke.

It’s also waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for one hour. This allows it to be used as an underwater camera, which should definitely come in handy in some scenarios.

Like all other Cat phones, the S60 is extremely tough and rugged. It has a 4.7-inch display with auto wet finger and glove support, an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It also sports 4G LTE connectivity, a 3800mAh battery, a MIL Spec 810G rating, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’ll retail for $599/€649/

Cat will be showing off the S60 at MWC 2016 next week. Android Authority will be in Barcelona to bring you all the best Android-related coverage, so be sure to stay tuned!

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  • Daniel PR

    7 inches displaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay? Damn’ that’s a tablet’

    • jay

      that has to be a mistake…3800mah and 7. inch?

    • Randy N. Gaston

      4.7” HD display with Gorilla Glass 4

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      Thanks for pointing out the typo. Fixed. :)

  • Fr

    It’s 4,7″ not 7,0″….

    • Matthew Merrick

      yeah sadly it’s not nearly that big.

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      Good catch. Fixed. :)

  • Armand Bernard

    That’s actually pretty cool. It’s a bit expensive for the specs but at least it’s rugged and offers an innovative feature.
    Doesn’t look half bad either. (For those who like the rugged look like the LG V10)

  • The Doctor

    I’m kind of interested in this phone. It offers different things than the same old delicate glass and metal phones that everyone else offers.

  • Ryuto Arisato

    The look of this phone really catches my attention.

  • Marc Perrusquia

    This actually sounds pretty decent, just swap the soc out for an 810 or 820 and you’ve got a flagship. It’ll probably be a battery champ.

  • That1Nigga

    WOW!!!! Only thing that would make this phone better is WP OS, HAHAHAHA am kidding f$#k Microsoft

  • Jason C

    So many physical button and a physical switch. That phone looks tough & fantastic. I wonder what system they use? Stock Android or CAT OS

    • Guest

      Article says Android M

  • Captain Obvious

    I wonder how sensitive the thermal cam is, as in….could it tell me who is crop dusting in my office???

  • Brandon Stucki

    You can also hold it up to a PIN pad and get the PIN number of the person in front of you in line. This hack was introduced with a third party app and external accessories a long time ago. Beware the potential piracy capabilities of this technology.