CAT S62 Pro thermal imaging smartphone review – It has X-ray vision!

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REVIEW – By now, everyone who has been following my smartphone reviews knows that while I remain a daily user of the Apple ecosystem, I have developed a fondness for some of the better-made Android smartphones. Some time ago, I reviewed a smartphone made by Caterpillar. Now I get to do the same with the CAT S62 Pro thermal imaging smartphone which promises more. Let’s see!!

What is it?

The CAT S62 Pro is a thermal imaging smartphone which features a 5.7″ FHD+ (18:9)  display, memory to 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM, and added a fingerprint sensor, and also high-quality thermal images that promise good image quality and clarity. It runs on Android 10.

What’s in the box

1 x CAT S62 Pro Thermal Imaging phone
1 x AC Adapter
1 x USB-C Charging Cable
1 x User Manual
1 x Warranty Booklet
1 x Sim Card Tool

Design and features

Features

  • GSM / 4G LTE Compatible
  • FLIR Lipton 3.5 Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Rear 12MP & Front 8MP Cameras
  • 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core CPU
  • 128GB Storage Capacity + 6GB of RAM
  • 5.7″ 2160 x 1080 TFT LCD Display
  • IP68, IP69 & MIL-SPEC 810H Ruggedness
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Android 10 Operating System


Specifications
Operating System: Android 10
Memory: 6 GB
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon660
CPU: 2 GHz Octa-Core
Storage: 128 GB
Display Size: 5.7″
Native Resolution: 2160 x 1080
Refresh Rate 60: Hz (at FHD+ Resolution)
Aspect Ratio: 18:9
Pixel Density: 424 ppi
Panel Type: TFT LCD
Screen Coating: Gorilla Glass 6
Ports: 1 x USB Type-C (USB 2.0)
Speaker: Yes
Media/Memory Card Slot Single Slot: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC [256 GB Maximum]
SIM Card Slots: 1 x Nano SIM
Communications: GSM 2G GSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; GSM 3G/3.5G UMTS, HSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz; 4G LTE LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 41, 66, 71 Bands
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
NFC: Yes
GPS: Yes
Camera Rear: 12 MP Sensor (1.4 µm Pixels) with an f/1.8 Lens
Camera Front: 8 MP Sensor
Biometric Authentication: Fingerprint
Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, Proximity
Water Resistance Submersible: IP Rating IP69K
Keyboard: Virtual
Battery: Internal Lithium-Ion (4000.0 mAh)
Fast Charging Technology: Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
Wireless Charging: None
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 3.0 x 6.2 x 0.5″ / 7.6 x 15.7 x 1.3 cm
Weight: 8.74 oz / 248 g
Warranty Length: Limited 2-Year Warranty

The following photos show all of the sides of this smartphone and include an illustrated diagram that labels the parts:







Performance

As far as Smartphones go, the initial setup of this phone is no different than any other smartphone. As with other phones, I charged it fully, powered it on, and then followed through with the “normal” setup process.

The basic functions all work well. The screen resolution is good, and the audio for all functions is good. The following are some specifics:

1: It does allow for WiFi calling
2: The keyboard has very good and consistent feedback. This is something that I really like about CAT phones.
3: The programmable button has specific functions that can be assigned for short and long presses (See manual)
Note: I was not able to test the phone with dual sims, but it does have that capability.
Phone calls are clear and the audio quality otherwise is good.

4: The fingerprint sensor works great and is consistent for successful access.
5: Thermal Imaging works very well. One of the tests that I performed was to place the phone in front of a family member and walk backward away from them which checking the imaging capability. At about 30 feet away, I was still picking up some of their body heat.

The following is a video showing me testing the Thermal Imaging feature on some equipment in my studio:

Photos:
The following are photos taken from the front and rear cameras.
Front camera:

Rear camera:

To view the manual, click here.

What I like

  • The rugged build quality
  • The display
  • The virtual keyboard tactile feedback
  • The Fingerprint Sensor
  • The overall speed and responsiveness
  • It’s a thermal imaging smartphone

What I’d change

  • Like the previous model, I would like a better front-facing camera so video conferencing looks better

Final thoughts

When I reviewed the Caterpillar CAT S42 thermal imaging phone I really liked it for its build quality, simple design, and dual-sim capability. I am also a fan of this CAT S62 pro thermal imaging smartphone. This phone is built for strength and durability and offers specifications that make it an all-around good phone. IMHO, what makes this phone stand out is its usability that is enhanced by the really nice Thermal Imaging feature. I think that it can be a backup/secondary EDC device for law enforcement, firefighters, construction workers, rescuers, etc whose jobs could involve searching for trapped people, animals, or in certain scenarios “buried” equipment. I give this phone an overall well done and two thumbs up!!.

Price: $649.00
Where to buy: Amazon, CAT Phones website, B&H Photo
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Caterpillar.

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