This article was originally published on March 11, 2012.
Caterpillar, known for their construction equipment and clothing has launched a new smartphone which fits in their portfolio of construction grade equipment.
As one of the heavyweights of the construction industry, Caterpillar might be thinking of expanding into a new market entirely by announcing the Caterpillar first Android smartphone CAT B10 and as you might have expected from a construction company, the CAT B10 has been designed as a rugged device.
This smartphone from Caterpillar is called the CAT B10 and it sports a 3.2-inches display with a protective rubber covering, it also sports a 5 megapixel rear camera and there is a secondary front facing camera for video calling. The device is powered by an 800 MHz single-core processor.
CAT B10 runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system and an Ice Cream Sandwich update will later become available for the smartphone.
The phone has picked up IP67 certification. The rubberized casing of the phone is built to withstand scratches, dust, and water. In addition to taking a serious beating, the CAT B10 can be submerged underwater, up to 1m deep, for up to 30 minutes. So feel free to drop it whenever you feel like it.
However apart from its sturdy build, its internal hardware specifications leave a lot to be desired, although Caterpillar’s intended audience might be prioritizing ruggedness over speedy processors or 4G LTE connectivity.
The company has mentioned that the device shall be available across the globe this year and should be priced around 379 Euros off-contract (25,000 INR approximately).