The Cat S50c rugged smartphone is now available exclusively on the Verizon network. The S50c is a new CDMA version of the S50 which is one of our top picks for rugged unlocked smartphones. Though not quite as tough as Cat’s most recent S40 model, the S50c provides superior protection over the average smartphone.
The Cat S50c has an IP67 rating and can withstand submersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. It is dustproof and also drop tested on concrete up to 3.9 feet. It passes MIL-SPEC 810G endurance tests for shock and drop, and operating temperature of -25°C (-13°F) to 55°C (131°F).
The 4.7″ 720×1280 HD screen uses Gorilla Glass 3. The touchscreen is operational with gloves up to 4mm thick and also with wet hands or in the rain and snow.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm MSM8926-1 Quad-core 1.2Ghz CPU with 1GB of RAM running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Internal flash memory is 8GB and a microSD slot allows expansion up to 64GB. The phone has a rear 8MP camera with autofocus and a front 2MP camera. The 2630mAh battery provides up to 25 hours of talk time. Size is 5.6 x 3 x 0.5” with a weight of 13 ounces.
For workplace use, the S50c has the useful Push To Talk key for instant communication with one person or a whole workforce.
The CAT S50c is designed for those working in demanding environments like construction workers as well as for outdoor enthusiasts like boaters. Its ruggedness can handle all environments including rain, snow, water, and extreme temperatures. The rugged design would also be useful to the casual user as well. Cat cites industry research that says in the past seven years $23.5 billion was spent by Americans to fix or replace smartphones. 48 percent of all smartphone users stated they are currently using a damaged smartphone.
The retail price of the S50c is $399 with availability at catphones.com and amazon.com.