Updated Cat S61 with FLIR thermal camera due end of May
For a niche device, the original Cat S60 has been a resounding success. The world’s first phone to feature an integrated thermal camera, we still ship a few out the door every week here at Clove. The time has come to pass on the mantle, however. Over 18 months since launch, it’s time for the Cat S61 to take over.
The most important news is that Cat and manufacturing partner Bullit have managed to keep the relationship with FLIR. On the back of the S61 you’ll find a similar camera layout as before, with the FLIR lamp sat above the main camera.
Updated FLIR camera
Both of these have also received upgrades. The FLIR lamp has a wider range from -20 to 400°C with a higher resolution of 160 x 120, double last year’s effort. Through the app, the real-time image overlay produced by the standard camera will now be in HD rather than the 640 x 480 VGA images used previously.
That FLIR app now also includes a real-time streaming option. This has the very real & practical capability to send immediate feedback on a situation to other workers or interested parties.
In addition to thermal imagery, Cat S61 also features a custom air quality sensor built by Sensirion. This can be used to raise an alert should it recognise high levels of pollutants or “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) such as carbon monoxide.
Also located near the base of the phone is a measuring tool. With a laser-assisted sensor, you can accurately measure short-to-medium distances and area.
Elsewhere, the rest of the Cat S61’s specification reads like an ode to mid-range efficiency. The Snapdragon 630 isn’t a powerhouse but it’s more than capable of running multiple apps on Android 8 without chugging. We’ve also seen in other phones how coupling this processor with a big cell, plenty of RAM and a reasonable display can result in incredible battery life. A 4,500 mAh cell sits inside the S61 so this should stay topped up well into the second day of heavy use.
We’re waiting for the exact UK launch details although we should see the phone in stock by the end of May. Initial pricing is set at £799 (£665.83 ex-VAT).
CAT S61 Key Features
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor
- 5.2″ Full HD display with wet-finger & glove support & toughened Gorilla Glass 5
- IP68 & MIL Spec 810G – waterproof to 3m & drop-proof to 1.8m
- Aluminium reinforced die-cast frame
- Optimised battery performance (4,500 mAh)
- 16MP main camera with 4K recording, 8MP front-facing camera
- 64GB storage / 4GB RAM / MicroSD / DUAL SIM
- Updated FLIR thermal camera with laser-assisted area & distance measurement
- VOC indoor air quality and humidity sensor
- Additional Cat Toolbox apps