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The best CAT smartphones: Ruggedness takes a whole new shape

If you are in the market for an ultra-rugged phone that can survive anything, no one does it better than Cat.
July 11, 2022
Cat S62 Pro Hero desk
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Most modern smartphones feature beautiful metal and glass constructions that push the boundaries of screen-to-body ratios. Unfortunately, they’re not always the most durable of devices. Luckily, Caterpillar — yes, that Caterpillar — has been rolling durable work-ready smartphones for the past few years. Here’s a list of the best Cat phones available for anyone who needs the most rugged Android devices you can get.

See also: These are the best rugged phones you can buy right now

Best Cat phones:

  1. Caterpillar Cat S62 Pro
  2. Cat S62
  3. Cat S42/S42 H+
  4. Caterpillar S22 Flip

Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best Cat phones as new devices launch.

1. Caterpillar Cat S62 Pro

Cat S62 Pro Construction
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The Cat S62 Pro packs the toughest internals you can get. It runs on a Snapdragon 660 chipset, and the upgraded FLIR Lepton 3.5 is among the best thermal cameras with four times the thermal pixels. You also get an IP69 and Mil-Spec 810H certification to keep your new phone safe from just about anything.

Learn more: Cat S62 Pro review

If there’s one drawback to Cat’s newest device, it’s the lack of 5G connectivity. However, you’re probably not buying the S62 Pro for its speed — you’re here for the toughest phone on the market.

Caterpillar Cat S62 Pro specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12MP FLIR Lepton 3.5
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Caterpillar Cat S62


The CAT S62 is newer than the S62 Pro listed above and offers more in some areas and less in others. But overall, the two phones are quite similar to one another. Both have the same screen, chipset, and battery, among other things. They both also have an IP69 and Mil-Spec 810H certification.

However, you don’t get a thermal camera on the CAT S62. You also get less RAM at 4GB. But the phone does support wireless charging that’s missing on the Pro model and has a higher resolution main camera at 48MP.

Caterpillar Cat S62 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Caterpillar Cat S42/S42 H+

cat S42

Joining the list of Caterpillar’s 2020 releases is the Cat S42, which was launched as the Cat S32 at CES 2020 before the company decided to rename it. It’s a decidedly entry-level device with an affordable price tag.

The phone comes with an IP68 rating for dust and waterproofing and a MIL-STD 810G certification for impact protection. It has also been drop-tested numerous times from a height of 1.8m onto steel, with drops on every side and corner.

Caterpillar has also introduced a hygiene-focused version named the Cat S42 H+. It’s infused with silver ions to help fight the growth of bacteria. Otherwise, it packs the same features you can expect from the rugged device.

Caterpillar Cat S42 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio A20
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Caterpillar Cat S22 Flip

CAT S22 Flip

As the name suggests, this is a flip phone. It’s the newest Cat phone on this list and is just as rugged as the rest of the company’s lineup. You get an IP rating and MIL-STD-810H certification. The handset will also survive a drop on concrete from a height of 1.8 meters without an issue.

In terms of specs and features, you get a main 2.8-inch display and a secondary 1.44-inch panel on the outside, which comes in handy for checking notifications and various other things. You also get a 2,000mAh removable battery, a basic 5MP camera, and Android 11 Go Edition.

Cat S22 Flip specs:

  • Display: 2.8-inch, 640 x 480
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 215
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 2,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11 (Go Edition)