As a professional naval architect, I often specify Caterpillar marine diesel engines for inclusion in new and modified ships. This week we see Caterpillar announced their new Cat B15 Android smartphone that brings a rugged designed Android smartphone to consumers at a very reasonable price.
I have seen prices for enterprise, field-focused rugged devices appear at double or more of the consumer price so I have to admit I was a bit shocked by the low $349.99 SIM unlocked price of the B15. Caterpillar has a couple previous models of rugged phones, but this new B15 is running Android Jelly Bean with a 4 inch display, ability to withstand a 5.9 foot drop and water submergence of 3.2 feet for 30 minutes.
Check out the CNET.com hands-on with the B15.
The Cat B15 works on GSM networks around the world, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. The device is protected by an aluminum and shock absorbent rubber shell, giving it the IP67 rating. Specifications include:
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- MediaTek MT6577 Dual 1GHz Cortex(TM)-A9
- Wireless bands: Quad-band GSM and Tri-Band 3G (no T-Mobile 1700 MHz)
- 4 inch WVGA display with Gorilla glass
- 4GB internal storage and 1GB RAM with microSD expansion support
- 5 megapixel camera and VGA front facing camera
- Dimensions of 149.95 x 125 x 69.5mm and 170 grams
The Cat B15 is designed for field workers and active lifestyle folks (snowboarders, mountain bikers, etc.). With decent specs and a price competitive to what we see with Google Nexus devices, this could be quite popular for those who need a rugged solution.