With the outdoor smartphone Cat S52 Cat Phones wants to give the stable smartphones an appealing design, without sacrificing protection. In the middle class, the smartphone for 500 euros should also be an alternative for those who regularly drop their smartphone.
According to a study, around one third of all European smartphone users have damaged their smartphone in the last three years, for example, when the display glass is broken when dropped. So-called Rugged smartphones are designed to protect – at the expense of the design, because edge displays and frameless displays are not compatible with fall protection. Cat Phones would like to largely eliminate this contrast with the new Cat S52 in the middle class, without sacrificing high protection. Because in addition to the price and the battery life is the durability of the purchase criteria of the customers.
Protected to IP68, MIL-STD-810G and Gorilla Glass 6
With a more modern design, without sacrificing the military standard MIL-STD-810G and IP68 certification, Cat Phones wants to reach the masses with the S52 looking for a smart, sturdy smartphone, even in a bar the bar can be placed without being ashamed. Customers who otherwise package their mid-range smartphone in thick protective covers so that it is not damaged, are the declared target group of the S52. Together with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 above the display, the S52 not only lasts up to 35 minutes in 1.5 meter deep water, but also withstands falls from 1.5 meters onto concrete. By default, a screen protector is applied, but the resistance refers to tests without this protective film. In addition, the S52 salt mist and extreme temperature differences between -30 and + 65 ° Celsius (thermal shock) for up to 24 hours do not harm.
Significantly thinner and visually appealing
The Cat S52 is thinner, lighter and more stylish than previous outdoor smartphones and should also offer a convincing performance with the Sony 12-MP sensor with aperture f / 1.8, dual-pixel, phase-detection autofocus and electronic image stabilizer even if you can shoot videos at full HD with 30 frames per second. Cat Phones promises the best camera in a Rugged smartphone. With a weight of 210 grams and dimensions of 76.6 × 158.1 × 9.69 mm, the Cat S52 is significantly thinner than the S61 (test), which comes to a thickness of 13 mm, and also as the S41, the 12.9 mm thick. The aluminum frame design looks like a mix of iPhone 4 and iPhone 8, off the rubberized non-slip TPU back.
Display and SoC are not top class
The display shows the Cat S52 as the first positioning in the middle class, because the 5.65-inch display is indeed based on IPS, but dissolves with a comparatively small 720 × 1,440 pixels in 18: 9 format (285 ppi) , It is, according to the outdoor approach, also operable with wet fingers and gloves. What is behind “super bright“Hides, will have to show. The second point in which the middle class approach is identified is the SoC of the S52. Once again, Cat Phones relies on a MediaTek processor, this time on the Helio P35, which offers a total of eight Cortex-A53 cores distributed across two clusters at up to 2.3 and 1.8 GHz. The graphics unit is a PowerVR GE8320 with up to 680 MHz.
The internal memory is 64 gigabytes in size and can be extended via a microSD card. This has its own slot and does not share it with a SIM card, so that the dual-SIM functionality is retained even when using a memory card. The RAM is 4 gigabytes in size. As the operating system, the S52 relies on Android 9, the manufacturer also guarantees an update to Android 10 – expected in the first quarter of 2020, but would not commit to this.
USB-C without cover, NFC and Co.
Wi-Fi is supported on 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac at 2.4GHz and 5GHz and also includes a fingerprint sensor on the back, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, a waterproof 3.5mm audio output and a waterproof USB port. Type C connection without additional covers is offered.
Smaller battery is enough for a day
With the battery, the capacity had to be lower to keep the design and weight appealing. It is – for a Rugged smartphone relatively low – 3,100 mAh, but should still be enough to bring the user easily through a day.
The thinnest outdoor smartphone costs 500 euros
The Cat S52 is now available for a price of 499 euros. It will be interesting to see how the Cat S52 compares to the Gigaset GX290, which is even cheaper than the 299 Euro, and offers a battery of 6,200 mAh that is twice as big.
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