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Cat launches rugged B100 smartphone

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January 7, 2014

Don't try this with your unprotected iPhone

Don't try this with your unprotected iPhone

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You're a rough, tough [insert manly occupational title here], so what are ya doing using a delicate smartphone designed for latte-sippin' yuppies? If your answer is "Good question," then you might be interested in the new B100 phone from Cat ... and yes, that's as in "Caterpillar."

Some of the phone's rugged features include dust-proofing, drop-proofing to 1.8 meters (almost 6 ft), waterproofing to one meter (3 ft) for 30 minutes, and the ability to operate in temperatures ranging from -25ºC to 55°C (-13°F to 131°F) – although that wouldn't be sufficient for some places in the US that are currently experiencing the Polar Vortex! By contrast, the iPhone 5 is rated at 0°C to 35°C (32°F to 95°F).

Its physical number pad is designed so it can be operated by gloved fingers, plus the phone features a noise-canceling microphone. This means that people on the other end of the line will be able to make out what the caller is saying (and vice-versa), over top of the background chain saws/engines/howitzers or whatnot.

The B100 offers a talk time of up to 10 hours

You can see all of the specs on the product page, but some of the basics include ...

  • Platform: MTK NUCLEUS (version 2.1)
  • Processor: Media Tek MT6276W
  • ROM Flash: 128 MB (expandable with MicroSD card)
  • RAM: 64 MB
  • Camera: 3 MP
  • Display: 2.2-inch QVGA 240X320 TFT
  • Battery: 1,150 mAh removable lithium-ion
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours

So yeah, it's not exactly going to out-spec your neighbor's Galaxy, but it might give it a wedgie in the schoolyard.

It will be available in Europe immediately, priced at €120 (about US$160). It should be coming to other markets later in the first half of the year, although there is currently no word on price. If it seems like your kind of thing, you might also be interested in the Runbo X3.

Source: Cat via Pocket-lint

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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5 Comments

One thing they could have done was to include WIFI so that it could be used as a mobile hotspot, thus making better use of the UMTS support.

digi_owl
7th January, 2014 @ 04:12 pm PST

Hooray! A toilet-proof phone for the klutzes in the family. Most of the really high-end features and specs are not that important, except for 'bragging rights' in the bistro crowd anyway. The sooner it hits Cat show lots the better.

The Skud
7th January, 2014 @ 05:10 pm PST

Smartphone? This phone seems from a decade ago.

Mariano Dupont
7th January, 2014 @ 08:27 pm PST

Not even dual SIM?

No PMR?

JCB have had a similar device out for some time but with the above 2 options

I have 2 of them......obviously to talk to the other user on PMR

Simple, washes clean under the tap with an old toothbrush or fingernail brush. Left one in a sink full of water for 8hrs.........no problem.

Come on CAT, you slipped up here I think

bf_308
8th January, 2014 @ 09:02 am PST

Finally a phone designed for the real world instead of another sissy phone. I can hear the techies but it doesn't do all these useless things I should be able to do in my head.

randomray
8th January, 2014 @ 10:15 am PST
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