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CAT S62 Pro
CAT S62 Pro
CAT S62 Pro
CAT S62 Pro
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8.3/10
Informr score
The CAT S62 Pro currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While its features geared toward worksites and outdoor adventures more than offices and coffee shops, the CAT S62 Pro proves that rugged phones don't have to be ugly to be durable.

What's good

  • Extremely rugged
  • It does not look like a rugged phone
  • Thermal imaging
  • 128GB of storage

What's bad

  • So-so performance
  • No wireless charging
  • Older software

Can a ruggedized smartphone not look like a piece of equipment from the construction site? The CAT S62 Pro aims to provide a more understated rugged phone experience, let’s see how they fare!

Design

Reviewers stated that while the phone certainly feels substantial, it’s not overly heavy for a ruggedized smartphone. Instead of a rubber bumper around the corners, CAT has chosen to make a metal band between the screen and the rubberized back. The rubberized back is textured as well to prevent it from slipping from a surface or your knee.

There is an extra programmable button on the side, along with a waterproof charger space. If dealing with waterproof flaps or plugs has annoyed you in the past, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find there aren’t any on the S62 Pro. Just be sure your charge port and cable are good and dry before connecting things to charge.

Display

The CAT S62 Pro has a 5.7-inch FHD+ screen with Gorilla Glass 6. Reviewers stated that it’s more crisp and colorful than many standard HD displays used on ruggedized phones. But don’t expect it to keep up with top-tier phones. Overall, it works well for daily use but isn’t anything to write home about.

Performance

While the CAT S62 Pro isn’t the fastest option out there, reviewers felt it kept up well enough for everyday tasks such as streaming video, checking email, messaging, or browsing the web -- but only just so. It will also play casual games well enough, but don’t expect the latest games to run at full quality. It's also not going to multitask very well. Expect delays if you hop between apps regularly.

Software & Storage

The phone uses Android 10, which isn’t the most up-to-date option available. However, unless you’re worried about having the absolute best security or the latest features, the software is more than usable.

Cameras

CAT wowed reviewers when it introduced thermal imaging on its earlier rugged phones. If you found it useful, it’s back on the S62 Pro. That said, the standard cameras are nothing special. They’ll capture quick snapshots, help you take notes around the worksite, or grab photos suitable enough for social sharing but its low-light performance is so-so and details are only so good even in the best situations.

Battery Life

The 4,000mAh battery lasted 1.5 days -- a feat that isn’t often matched in phones today. However, many reviewers felt that a rugged phone should last longer. If you’re planning to venture into the wilds for a few days, you’ll probably want a solar charger or a battery pack. But if you’re just looking for something rugged for use around town or at work, it should last the day with ease.

Audio

The audio is average for a typical smartphone of the age, nothing remarkable, nothing disappointing. Expect to use headphones or a Bluetooth speaker if you really want to enjoy your media.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum chassis
  • 5.7-inch FHD+ display featuring Gorilla Glass 6
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core 2 GHz processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128GB of storage with an option for expansion up to 256GB
  • FLIR sensor, 12MP camera
  • 4000mAh battery

Bottom Line

The CAT S62 Pro is built for outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, or people with physically demanding jobs. But even if you’re just accident-prone, it offers peace of mind. Ruggedized phones might not be the newest thing, but the CAT S62 Pro proves your phone doesn’t need to look like a giant chunk of rubber to survive a drop or dip.

Tech Radar says, “There are lots of things to admire in the Cat S62 Pro, as it lives up to the professional billing in a good number of useful ways. It’s easy to use, packed full of features, delivers excellent performance, can take some abuse and keep functioning.”

Gadget Guy states, “The CAT S62 Pro is a rugged IP68/69, MIL-SPEC 810H smartphone with a next-gen FLIR thermal camera. CAT calls it the ultimate work phone – we agree. It walks the walk and talks the ‘push to talk’. We need to take a slightly different tack on this review because there are specific reasons to buy.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Authority

If you want a truly rugged phone that can take a beating and capture some thermal imagery in the process, the Cat S62 Pro won't disappoint.

- Chase Bernath, Android Authority
The Gadgeteer

When I reviewed the Caterpillar CAT S42 thermal imaging phone I really liked it for its build quality, simple design, and dual-sim capability. I am also a fan of this CAT S62 pro thermal imaging smartphone. This phone is built for strength and durability and offers specifications that make it an all...

- Julian Perry, The Gadgeteer
Make Use Of

The CAT S62 Pro is stylish, well built, thoroughly durable, and integrates an incredible FLIR sensor, making thermal imaging accessible to anyone. Sadly, performance is mediocre, and the battery doesn't last as long as we'd like.

- James Bruce, Make Use Of
Gadget Guy

CAT S62 Pro is a unique device, perfect for those that need it. If you don’t need all these features, there are other CAT models with indoor air quality sensors, laser distance measurement, or CAT 52 sans thermal imaging. It is unique, so we can’t compare it to other devices, but we can say that it...

- Ray Shaw, Gadget Guy
L@B techreviews

The CAT S62 Pro is a fairly successful toughphone that excels at being resistant to everything, without resembling a construction site tool. Calling it fast would be a lie, because the processor is outdated, but it still manages all the apps you really need. The heat-sensitive FLIR camera is its big...

- John Hvidlykke, L@B techreviews


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Common Questions


Caterpillar backs up the CAT S62 Pro with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your CAT S62 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Caterpillar support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Caterpillar's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.7"

The CAT S62 Pro's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery.

CAT S62 Pro Specs

Overview
Release Date August 30, 2020
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/1.8
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (FLIR thermal camera, Lepton 3.5 professional grade camera, 1440 x 1080 HD output with VividIR, MSX linear overlay from visual camera, Measurable range: -20℃ to 400℃)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel Density 424 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, Wet finger/glove-on working technology
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.85 x 7.67 x 1.19 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 248 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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