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Termal Kameralı Telefon Cat S60

Cat Phones has introduced another flagship phone in its series dubbed as Cat S60 and it’s pretty rugged. Features on board are quite impressive and what’s makes the phone stand out of the normal industry is the integrated thermal imaging camera from FLIR. FLIR is the world’s largest commercial company specialized in designing and making of thermal imaging cameras, components and sensors.

Cat’s S60 is a rugged phone with a thermal camera

If you could have any feature in a smartphone, what would it be? A battery that lasts a week? A truly unbreakable screen? What about a thermal camera? Okay, so that last one has probably never crossed your mind. But that’s exactly what Cat is pitching with its latest handset, the S60. I dismissed the idea at first, thinking it was a novelty meant for the company’s core market — people that work outdoors, like bricklayers and electricians. It would never appeal to a “normal” like me, surely?

Gallery: Cat S60 | 11 Photos

Gallery: Cat S60 | 11 Photos

Pete Cunningham, a Senior Product Manager for the Bullitt Group — the company that makes Cat’s smartphones, as well as gadgets for other brands like the Ministry of Sound — thinks otherwise. Yes, thermal imaging will be most useful for professionals. If you’re an electrician, you could use the live heat map to see if a fuse box is overloaded. As a plumber, you could find where the hot water is getting blocked in a complex set of pipes. But, according to Cunningham, there are plenty of mundane applications too. If you’re having a barbecue with some friends, for instance, you could check the gas left in a canister and the temperature of your burgers.

I know, that’s an oddly specific example. But Cunningham trusts that people will find more, equally weird ways to use the technology. He compares it to regular smartphone cameras, which are now being used for AR games and to check prices online. In the beginning, companies had no idea they would be used that way. “To date, (thermal imaging) has never been put in the hands of everyday consumers,” he says. “We believe that in five years time, you’ll see this in 40 to 50 percent of smartphones.”

On the back of the device lie two cameras . The first is a Lepton thermal imaging sensor, which has been developed by an industry specialist called FLIR. The second is a traditional 13-megapixel camera, which takes the heat map and augments it with the outlines of nearby objects. Panning around the room, I was able to tap a focal point and slide it around the screen to check different temperatures. I’ll admit, it was novel to see how my cup of coffee had cooled over the last half an hour.

Heck, I even took a “thermie” (their term, not mine).

As for the rest of the device? Well, it packs some reasonably high specs in a package which, while beefier than your average smartphone, should be more appealing to the average consumer. At least in comparison to its previous efforts, anyway. The 4.7-inch, 720p display is surrounded by a smooth metal rail and a backplate with a carbon fiber finish. Large, clicky buttons are visible from almost every angle and there’s a small, slightly bulbous bump at the top with FLIR’s logo. It won’t beat the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (or soon, the Galaxy S7 Edge) to any design awards, but it looks just a little more, well, normal than other Cat smartphones.

For $599 (€649) you’ll get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It’s a flagship price with, in terms of traditional specs, just shy of flagship performance. But that thermal imaging counts for something and the Cat S60 has a few other tricks worth considering. For instance, Cunningham says it’s the world’s most waterproof smartphone, withstanding up to an hour at a depth of five meters. It’s also dustproof and can be dropped onto concrete from up to 1.8 meters — the average height when someone’s talking on the phone.

Cat and the Bullitt Group know thermal imaging will appeal to people working in vocational trades. So while the technology is a first for a smartphone, it carries little commercial risk. In all likelihood, the phone will simply sell to Cat’s established niche in the market. The challenge, however, is to sell that same technology to a mainstream audience. I’m not convinced it’s something people want, but it’s certainly different and innovative. At a time when almost every smartphone looks and acts the same, it’s nice to see a company doing something so off the wall.

Termal Kameralı Telefon Cat S60!

Amerika’nın tüm dünya tarafından bilinen ünlü iş makine üreticisi CAT, aynı zamanda ürettiği botlarla da nam salmış durumda. Ancak yeni yeni girdiği akıllı telefon pazarında ise kendisine oldukça farklı bir yer edindi diyebiliriz.

Ürettiği akıllı telefonlarında da tıpkı diğer ürünlerinde olduğu gibi gücü ve sağlamlığı ön plana çıkartan CAT, bu defa ise yapılmayanı yapıyor ve S60 modelinde ilk defa bir akıllı telefonda termal kamera kullanıyor.

CAT S60 ismine sahip olan akıllı telefon FLIR ile iş birliğine giderek ortaya çıkartılırken özellikle avcılara ve izcilere büyük kolaylık sunuyor. 15 metre ile 30 metre mesafeden tarama yapabilen termal kamera aynı zamanda 640×480 piksel çözünürlüğünde video çekimi de yapabiliyor.

1 saate kadar su altında yaklaşık 5 metreye kadar dayanıklı olan CAT S60, MIL-STD 810G dereceli sertifikasıyla da düşmelere ve darbelere karşı son derece dayanıklı.

4,7 inç büyüklüğündeki 720p çözünürlüğündeki, 1mm kalınlığındaki Gorilla Glass 4 kaplı ekranın 1,8 metreye kadar gerçekleşen düşmelere karşı dayanıklı olduğunun ise garantisi firma tarafından veriliyor.

Snapdragon 617 işlemciden gücünü alan CAT S60, 3 GB RAM ve 32 GB dahili depolama alanı kullanıyor. GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth, NFC, FM Radyo, barometre ve altimetre telefonda yer alan diğer özellikler olarak sıralanıyor.

13 megapiksel arka kamera ve 5 Megapiksel ön kameranın bulunduğu CAT S60’ın satış tarihi içinse Mayıs ayının sonları işaret ediliyor.

:: Cat S60 modelini nasıl buldunuz?

Cat S60 with Thermal Imaging Camera to Launch in Late April 2017

Cat Phones has introduced another flagship phone in its series dubbed as Cat S60 and it’s pretty rugged. Features on board are quite impressive and what’s makes the phone stand out of the normal industry is the integrated thermal imaging camera from FLIR. FLIR is the world’s largest commercial company specialized in designing and making of thermal imaging cameras, components and sensors.

Cat S60 Specifications

Apart from the main highlight, that is the thermal imaging Camera, the Cat S60 comes with the following features: it features a 4.7 inch a-Si AHVA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of ~312 ppi. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Its screen to body ratio is ~56.1%. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.

Talking about the camera, it is one of the main things you can talk about for this particular smartphone. It has a rear camera of 13 MP with autofocus, dual-LED (dual-tone) flash; heat palettes, temperature spot meter, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and FLIR thermal camera (Lepton module) with thermal imaging. Front of the phone mounts a 5 MP camera and both the cameras can record video at [email protected] FPS. The device is is backed up by 3800 mAh battery.

Looking at the eye-catching elements on the phone, we have two things in sight, which are- it is s dust/drop/water proof and its thermal imaging camera. The phone can resist a 6 foot concrete drop and can work even after remaining under 16 foot of water for 60 minutes. Looks like Cat S60 is extremely tough and rugged smartphone indeed.

FLIR thermal imaging camera is used in thermographic surveys and used by military and fighters. Thermal imaging camera can come in great use in situations like high dust and smoke or even in no light situation. It uses the infrared radiations as the source for light, which makes the subject or area visible at the viewfinder/screen.

Pricing and Availability

The Cat S60 is a great rugged smartphone with good features on board. The Cat S60 will be available in India by end of spring 2017 and is expected to be priced at approx. Rs. 50,000.

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.

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