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Verizon’s new S50c from Caterpillar is a tough Mil-spec’d smartphone device built for extreme conditions

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Jan 18, 2016 )    |    Mobile


Caterpillar or Cat, most well-known as a manufacturer of heavy-duty equipment entered the smartphone business and has produced a number of ruggedized devices already. To make a fresh start for 2016, Cat introduces yet another device and this time it partners with Verizon. The new Cat S50c is one hell of a heavy-duty phone not only that it works seamlessly with Verizon’s wireless network, it could also withstand virtually on every extreme environmental elements that it could get exposed to.

Packed in a sturdy metallic chassis, the S50c is dust and water resistant with IP67 certification and it follows military standard MIL-SPEC 810G for shock and drop protection of up to 4 feet and can even withstand in extreme temperatures without any problem. This makes the S50c one of the toughest smartphones there is that doesn’t even need a protective accessory on any sort and the device itself can stay tough on its own.

It comes equipped with a 4.7-inch HD IPS display with extra sensors that increases the sensitivity of the display allowing users to operate the device with their gloves on or on wet hands. Inside the Cat S50c is Snapdragon’s Qualcomm 400 chipset with 4-core of Cortex-A7 CPU running at 1.2 GHz, it pairs with 2 GB of RAM for a smooth and virtually lag free user experience. Storage on the new S50c falls short with only 8 GB of internal memory but can also be expanded through a microSD card.

With the S50c, Cat infused an 8 Megapixel main camera assisted with a single LED flash as well as a 2 Megapixel shooter leading on the front just for the Selfie loving users which also doubles as a high-res camera for video calls. It supports 4G/LTE connection to ensure the highest possible connection speeds but should also support other connectivity options as well. The Cat S50c comes with an embedded 2,630 mAh battery and runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). The device measures 142.2 x 76.2 x 12.47 mm thick and weighs around 200 grams for everything.

The handset will be heading to Verizon and you can also get one straight from Caterpillar’s website for $399.99.