Caterpillar Inc. is known for selling machinery you would expect to see on major construction sites and highways. Now, the company has added a new smartphone to its mobile device lineup that is, naturally, made for the outdoors.

The main selling point for the Cat S40 is its ability to withstand various tough conditions such as high temperatures in the harshest environment. It has a Military Standard 810G certification for shock and drop protection, as well as IP68 certification. That means it can be dropped onto concrete from up to six feet without breaking, it can withstand dust and can handle up to an hour under six feet of water. The phone also uses waterproof warning sensors to let the user know when it's been exposed to too much water.

The competitor to the Galaxy S6 Active has a 4.7-inch qHD super bright display screen that allows for clear reading in sunlight, and is covered in Gorilla Glass 4 to prevent scratches.

The rugged smartphone also has glove-on and wet finger-tracking technology, so the device can be used with both gloves and wet hands — making this a great option for construction workers and others in rugged jobs, as well as outdoorsy types.

While the Cat S40 is certainly durable, it's powered by a quad-core 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 1GB of RAM, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. It only has 16GB of storage, but users can insert a microSD card to increase the total to 64GB.

The device has the largest capacity battery Caterpillar offers, with up to 18 hours of talk time and 39 days of stand-by time, with a non-removable 3000mAh battery.

The Cat S40 is equipped with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as an 8-megapixel camera on the back that can shoot 1080p video.

The smartphone can connect wirelessly using 3G, 4G LTE, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS.

Caterpillar also offers an app store that features titles specifically for working outside and living an outdoor lifestyle, in addition to featuring the Google Play Store.

The Cat S40 will be released on August 1 for the retail price of $399.

Via: Digital Trends

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