Cat S61 launches in NZ


Caterpillar Inc. launched its flagship Cat S61 smartphone in New Zealand late in November this year

An upgrade from the Cat S60, it features enhanced FLIR thermal imaging capacity, built-in laser assisted distance measuring, and an indoor air quality sensor.

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The MyFlir® application has also been upgraded on the Cat S61. New, sought-after features include live streaming of thermal imaging, on-device ‘Tips and Tricks’ and a ‘Community Forum’ to help users get the most out of the S61’s thermal imaging capabilities.

The smartphone now has a large 5.2-inch FHD screen, protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and optimised for outdoor use. It’s IP68 dustproof and waterproof up to three metres for one hour. It conforms to MIL Spec 810G, and it’s built to survive repeated drop-tests onto concrete from 1.8 metres.

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"Cat’s rugged phones have been incredibly well received in New Zealand and we are delighted to add the S61, our flagship model, to our offering in the region," Peter Stephens, CEO Bullitt Group, global mobile device licensee for Caterpillar, says.

"The temperature and resolution improvements found in the Cat S61 will open up thermal imaging to many more users and use cases, and its unrivalled inbuilt tools of the trade mean we are confident that it’ll go down a storm."

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The new flagship smartphone will be available at PB Tech stores throughout New Zealand and on their website and through Caterpillar dealerships, Gough. It retails at $1599.

Want to read more? Check out our test of the Cat S41 Smartphone here.

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