The S41 is CAT’s latest rugged smartphone release. Well known for its S60 smartphone with thermal imaging camera, CAT appears to be positioning the S41 as its mainstream rugged model with a mid-range price. The S41, successor to the S40, does not have thermal imaging but does offer some major upgrades from the S40.
The screen size has increased to 5 inches with full 1080p HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 with wet-finger and glove-on support. Under the hood is is a MediaTek P20 octa-core 2.3GHz CPU with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM running Android 7.0 Nougat. Cameras include a 13MP rear with LED flash and 8MP front. The battery is a hefty 5000 mAh and can be used to charged external devices with the USB adapter. A micro USB port is used for charging and there is also a headphone jack. As a rugged model the S41 is “beyond” IP68 certified, waterproof up to 2 meters for 1 hour and drop proof to 1.8 meters. It is also resistant to vibration and extreme temperatures, with an operating range from -25°C (-13°F) to 55°C (131°F). Other features include 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz) wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, FM radio, GPS, and microSD slot. The S41 measures 152 x 75 x 12.95 mm and weighs 218 grams. The S41 will be released in single and dual SIM configurations.
The CAT S41 has a list price of $449 USD and is available for pre-order in the UK, France, Germany, and Spain, with shipping in mid-September and a North American release to follow. When comparing specs, the S41 is not as good a value as other current-generation rugged phones like the Ulefone Armor 2, but it represents a significant upgrade from previous models and has arguably one the best-looking exteriors for a rugged phone.
CAT S41 Promotional Video:
CAT is also releasing the S31, a more budget-oriented rugged smartphone. The S31 has a 4.7-inch 720p HD screen with Gorilla Glass 3 featuring wet-finger and glove-on support. The S31 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8909 quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. It is IP68 certified, waterproof to 1.2 meters up to 35 minutes, and drop proof to 1.8 meters. Battery size is 4000 mAh. Cameras are 8MP-rear with LED flash and 2MP-front. The S31 does not have NFC like the S41. The S31 measures 146 x 74.42 x 12.6 mm and weighs 200 grams. Retail price is $329 USD. The S31 is set to be released sometime after the S41.
CAT S31 Promotional Video: