Caterpillar CAT B15 ruggedised Android phone now available

Another rugged monster has gone on sale in the UK, with manual labourer lifestyle brand Caterpillar launching its CAT B15 ruggedised smartphone. It’s powered by Android 4.1, running atop a 1GHz dual-core MediaTek chipset, with a 4″ 480×800 resolution display and “wet finger tracking” for use while immersed in unspecified and potentially hazardous fluids.

It’s pretty well featured for one of these extreme things, also offering dual cameras (5MP and VGA), SD card support, Gorilla glass and some very chunky external case protection…

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… to ensure it can survive a 1.8 metre drop onto concrete. Your kitchen laminate would not trouble it in the slightest. If you can live with its looks, the CAT B15 can be purchased from the likes of Unlocked-Mobiles for around £299. Here are the specs:

CAT B15

Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Processor: MediaTek MT6577 Dual 1GHz Cortex™-A9
Size: 125mm x 69.5mm x 14.95mm
Weight: 170g
Screen details: 4” WVGA 480×800 LCD, Capacitive Multi-touch, Gorilla glass, wet finger tracking


Memory: 4GB storage + 512 RAM
Camera: 5.0 MP Rear, VGA Front
Video: 720P recording 30 FPS Codecs H.263, H.264/AVC, mpeg4/SP, VP8
Talk time: Up to 9 hours
Stand By: Up to 9.5 days
Connections: microUSB, microSD 32GB, 3.5mm audio
GPS: A-GPS mode
Temperature Operational range: -20º C to + 55º C
Drop testing: 1.80M Concrete
IP rating: IP67 waterproof to 1m for 30 min Impervious to dust

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  1. Y’know what? There’s something about that I really like. I know I’m odd and all but that really appeals to me for some reason. They’ve even pointlessly cut the corners off it so it looks like it comes from the Battlestar Galactica remake.
    You need to get a review one and test it with chicken poop.

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    • Chrispynutt

       /  April 15, 2013

      There is nothing wrong with wanting something other than the usual boring minimalist rectangle.

      Besides this is what that phone will look like even after purchase. Most phone’s designs are moot because of cases and sleeves.

      Shame about the spec.

      I really wish one of the big manufacturers would make a neutral phone, but designed from day 0 cases for various needs. A rugged case, goth case, a pop case, keyboard case, etc. Each one not an after market after thought, but with the design thought out with the original phone.

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