The CAT S60 world’s first thermal imaging smartphone will be launched in India, pretty soon. This handset is powered by Snapdragon 617 octa core processor and is a rugged smartphone – dust, drop and water proof.

CAT S60 is a very tough handset, the build quality is very good, it looks and feels tough. The S60 is dust proof, water proof and drop proof too. It will survive a drop from up to 1.8 meters (provided the screen does not takes the first direct hit). The handset is using Military grade specifications looks bulky but when you hold it, it does not feel heavy – considering the dimensions.

Exclusive CAT S60 hands-on

I got to check the CAT S60 at an event in Navi Mumbai. This handset is really unique. All the ports are sealed (usb / audio jack), making it completely water proof. In fact on the top and bottom there is a switch (Lockdown switch) – check video, you need to use the appropriate switch 5M or 2M when using at the respective depth. This handset can survive in 5M depth for up to 60 minutes. The switch actually seals the openings on the top (incall speaker) and bottom (speaker / mic) vents.

CAT S60 water proof handset up to 5 meters

CAT S60 water proof lock switch

CAT S60 specifications

The S60 sports a 4.7 inch screen with 720p resolution, it is using corning gorilla glass 4 protection. The handset is powered by qualcomm snapdragon 617 MSM8952 octa core processor. It is IP68 certified and packed with accelerometer, light, magnetic and proximity sensors.


Android Marshmallow runs out of the box with 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM and 128GB external micro SD card support. There are dual SIM slots with separate micro SD card slot. Rear camera is 13MP AF with flash support and front camera is 5MP. CAT S60 can record FHD videos.

Other features are 4G LTE, (probably supports VoLTE),3G, 2G, GPS, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth. There is a 3800 mAh non-removable battery with quick charge 2.0.

CAT S60 thermal camera in action

CAT S60 Thermal Imaging

This is the first smartphone to come with FLIR powered Thermal camera, this thermal camera is placed on the back along with the 13MP primary camera. There is thermal camera app that allows you to capture thermal images from the handset itself. This technology can be used to check faults in machinery, gas cylinder levels, bread freshness, can be used by security personals, doctors, fire-fighters etc.

CAT S60 FLIR thermal camera

S60 price in India

The handset will be launched in couple of weeks and the price will be disclosed at the launch event.

For normal mobile phone users this may not be of much use / they will find it really pricey, but for certain professionals this could really come handy.

Here is the exclusive video of CAT S60

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -