CAT latest rugged smartphone has been announced as the CAT S52.  The phone doesn’t look rugged on the surface. While still complying with the usual IP68 water and dust resistance and MIL-STD 810G standards, it’s thin at 9.69mm and has an exposed aluminum frame as well as a clean TPU backplate.

CAT S52 features a 5.65 inch HD + (1440 x 720) display. The front is covered with Gorilla Glass 6 that sits slightly recessed under a protective ridge. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 MT6765, which is paired with a 4GB RAM and a storage capacity of 64GB.

That camera is a 12MP f/1.8 Sony-made unit with 1.4µm pixels. The selfie camera is an 8MP snapper.

The S52 has been tested for thermal shocks, high and low pressure extremes, salt mist conditions and drop tests onto steel (30 drops from 1.5 meters). Underneath the CAT S52 runs nearly-stock Android 9.

CAT S52
CAT S52

CAT S52 Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/100 Mbps

Launch

  • Announced: 2019, October
  • Status: Release 2019, November 18

Design

  • Dimensions: 158.1 x 76.6 x 9.7 mm (6.22 x 3.02 x 0.38 in)
  • Weight: 210 g (7.41 oz)
  • Colours: Black
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 35 mins)
  • MIL-STD-810G compliant

Display

  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.65 inches, 82.4 cm2 (~68.0% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~285 ppi density)
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Operating System

  • Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0

Hardware

  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • Storage: 64GB 4GB RAM
  • Memory Card slot: microSD (up to 128GB)

Cameras

  • Main Camera: Single – 12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
  • Features: LED flash
  • Video: [email protected], gyro-EIS
  • Selfie Camera: Single – 8 MP
  • Video: [email protected]

Multimedia

  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
CAT S52
CAT S52

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • NFC: Yes
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery

  • Battery Type & Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast battery charging

CAT S52 Price and Availability

The CAT S52 will launch in Europe from November 12, priced at €499/£449. It will be available from CAT’s own website and major European carriers and retailers.

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