Whats built like a truck and as fast as one? If you guessed a Cat smartphone then youd be right. The company unveiled two new phones and a tablet too at IFA for anyone who finds modern smartphones too fragile.
Cat asked its users what they liked and the answer was clear – more battery! So the S41 packs a huge 5,000mAh battery that offers up to 38 hours of talk time (on 3G) and up to 44 days of standby. If that seems like too much, you can spread it around with the USB Battery Share feature that lets you charge other devices. The necessary cable is provided in the box.
The Cat S41 goes beyond what most makers call IP68 waterproofing and has been tested at 2m depth for a whole hour. And then it was dropped from 1.8m height onto concrete to earn the MIL-SPEC-810G badge.
Gorilla Glass 5 guards the 5 1080p screen, which works with wet fingers and gloves (a likely scenario for this phones user base). The back is textured for extra grip too.
As for the boring digital stuff, the S41 is powered by a MediaTek chipset (octa-core 2.3GHz processor) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat and has a curated app and content catalog. Theres also a programmable button that can activate the LED flash or push to talk.
The phone features a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP selfie cam, both of which have underwater mode to better document your adventures. Connectivity is pretty solid with LTE Cat. 6, VoLTE and VoWiFi.
The Cat S41 is available today for 450/£400.
This is the younger brother, which has a 4,000mAh battery. It cant dive as deep …