Specs summary


The CAT S60's screen is 4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Quad core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3800 mAh battery. Caterpillar's performance ratings are 43 days standby time, 1800 minutes (2G).

A rugged phone designed for someone who puts durability ahead of performance.

- Jason Cipriani , PCWorld 

Without the very clever thermal imaging camera all you're left with is an unspectacular, albeit rugged, phone.

- Matt Farrington-Smith , The Inquirer 

Reviews summary

Based on 13 reviews

What's good  

  • Waterproof up to 5m
  • Dustproof
  • Rated for 6 foot drops
  • Thermal imaging
  • Plenty of storage
  • Great battery life

What's bad  

  • Price
  • Bulky design
  • Lackluster standard cameras

Rugged phones are gaining popularity. After all, when you’re dropping hundreds on a phone, you should be able to use it at work. The Cat S60 promises outstanding durability and a feature no one else currently has--thermal imaging. But does the phone sacrifice too much to provide durability as many models do?

Let’s see what reviewers are saying!

Every review available mentioned how heavy the phone felt. This is due to its rugged stainless steel and carbon fiber chassis and the monster-sized battery. The phone is rated to survive falls from up to 6 feet as well as submersion in up to 5 meters of water. It’s good for temperatures ranging from -13F to 132F.

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Android Police put these claims to the test and said, “There isn't the tiniest bit of flex or creaking in the case. I have no doubt that if it became necessary, I could kill a man with the Cat S60. This phone looks and feels like a tool, a piece of equipment that doesn't need to be babied.”

Around front, you’ll find a 4.7-inch 720p display. The glass is treated for use underwater, with wet hands or when wearing gloves. Overall, reviews were decent. Everyone applauded how bright and dim the screen could be. Pixel density isn’t stellar, but it’s not so low to have pixels popping out in images or text. Android Police noted, “The viewing angles aren't ideal. There's noticeable dimming at off-angles.”

With a Snapdragon 617 processor and 3GB of RAM, you could feasibly use the phone to watch HD video or play basic games, but the phone is intended primarily for productivity and work use. Reviews lined up similarly, with CNet saying, “I was never disappointed; games and apps launched within seconds, navigation was swift, web pages loaded quickly and the screen was sharp and bright.”

To ensure you’ll have plenty of room for your apps, documents or videos, the phone includes 32GB of internal storage. A flap on the back of the phone also offers access to a microSD slot for added capacity.

The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Reviews show that apart the thermal imaging apps and an alternate app store, the phone is bloat-free and offers a mostly stock Android experience.

Keeping things running, you’ll find a 3600mAh battery. Thanks to the lower specs of the hardware and the large battery, reviewers had no issues lasting a day on a single charge. QuickCharge 2.0 also makes topping off the battery fast. The Verge took their Cat S60 through NYC and said, “[It] got me well past a day with each full charge.”

The phone features three cameras--a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie lens and a 480p FLIR thermal camera. Reviews on the standard cameras were average, with Android Police summing up opinions well, saying, “The image quality is alright in bright light, but in very bright outdoor settings, the poor dynamic range causes issues. Shutter lag becomes an issue in medium and low light. The autofocus is also easily confused in these settings.”

However, every reviewer found the FLIR thermal camera fascinating. Capable of recording both images and video, the camera can analyze temperatures within a few degrees, even after the image is captured.

Overall, if you’re looking for a camera with built-in thermal imaging or outstanding resistance to bumps and the elements, reviews indicate the Cat S60 is a great option. Gizmodo summed up opinions well, saying, “The Cat S60 is ridiculously capable in water, can take a fall like no other phone, and can get a couple of other cool things done with its FLIR thermal camera. If you’re an average smartphone user, you don’t need the CAT S60, but if you’re someone who’s constantly checking gauges and working on homes, I can’t imagine a better phone for the job.”

Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)


A niche product that is aimed at those with a very rugged lifestyle

from Digit
The CAT S60 is not a phone for you and me. It's actually not a phone for most of us. It belongs to a niche market segment. We wish the regular market could have some of this ruggedness, or be at least 30% as rugged as this phone. For a rugged phone, the CAT S60 actually seems to be quite a device. If you are looking for a phone that can keep up with your rough and tumble lifestyle, there are hardly many phones that can compete with the CAT S60. It is currently in a class of its own... Full review
Fone Arena

Rugged to the bone

from Fone Arena
The CAT S60 is a tool. We can’t recommend anyone to buy this as a phone first. As a smartphone, the CAT S60 is grossly overpriced and over-engineered. You can get any current flagship smartphone within the same budget but then again, the CAT S60 isn’t just a smartphone... Full review

A rugged smartphone with thermal camera

from NDTV
Overall, the Cat S60 handles smartphone duties pretty well but we can’t help but feel that it’s underpowered for a smartphone that you probably won’t be upgrading anytime soon. We wish the phone had better cameras and battery life. The thermal camera is a very cool addition to an already impressive list of fortifications against the elements. However, if your work or leisure activities take you to unforgiving environments, then the Cat S60 might be worth the investment... Full review
The Indian Express

The toughest phone money can buy

from The Indian Express
Should you buy? Yes, if you work in an industry that puts you in the middle of the action, that too outdoors. While the company thinks the phone will appeal to those who live an active lifestyle, the quality of the primary camera might just put off most of them from picking this as their adventure phone... Full review

Cat S60 Review: Batman called and wants his phone back

from PCWorld
It’s very likely you’re not the person this phone was designed and built for, but odds are you know one or two people who fit the Cat mold. As soon as I started testing it, two family members immediately came to mind. They’re both hard on phones, would use the Flir camera every day, and could care less about camera quality or processor speed. At the end of the day, they want a phone that lasts and won’t easily break. And in that regard, the Cat S60 delivers... Full review

Tough build and thermal imaging make for a phone like no other

from Pocket-lint
It's clear from the outset that the Cat S60 is a phone built for a niche market, so comparing it to phones like the iPhone 6S or Galaxy S7 would be foolish. The features that really matter on the S60 are the ones that shine through - its specialist applications. The Flir camera adds thermal imaging capabilities to a smartphone for the first time ever, which is a genuinely useful tool to have on your phone if you're in an industry that needs one... Full review
The Inquirer

Thermal image smartphone gives you Predator vision

from The Inquirer
The Cat S60 will appeal to a very small sector who will find it a sensible purchase. For everyone else it's nothing more than an average Android smartphone with thermal imaging tricks to match Predator's... Full review

Not for everyone

from V3
The Cat S60 will appeal to a very small sector who will find it a sensible purchase. For everyone else it's nothing more than an average Android smartphone with thermal imaging tricks to match Predator's... Full review
Tom's Guide

This rugged phone beats the S7 Active

from Tom's Guide
The Cat S60 tops its next-closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, in almost every way. It's more durable, has a brighter screen, lasts longer on a charge and looks better. At $599, the S60 is cheaper, too. And that's before you even talk about its built-in thermal camera... Full review

FLIR thermal imaging gives this phone super powers

from Gizmodo
The Cat S60 is a goofy Swiss army knife in a field of phones content to just be sharp little switch blades. It’s packed with a lot of cool gadgets, but not necessarily ones most people actually need. I would happily recommend this phone to anyone who uses a thermal camera on a daily basis, but who would base their buying decision on an FM radio or the ability to take photos in a swimming pool?.. Full review

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Full Specs

Release date September 30, 2016
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Quad core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.76 W/kg
Body: 0.9 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1800 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 43 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.8 x 7.3 x 1.3 cm
(5.8 x 2.9 x 0.5 in)
Weight 223 grams
(7.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design Yes
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 312 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Glove touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi Yes
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Panorama, Self-timer, Thermal imaging
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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