There are very few things a diamond can cut. Most of the time we resort to lasers to get the job done and although the Cat S62 Pro is anything but laser precision, the phone seems to be made to open a diamond just by leaning on the thing. Which is great for Cat enthusiasts, because if you’re watching the S62 Pro, chances are you’ll need a device that can withstand a (fairly long) drop or will last with just one charge for days. If those feelings sound right to you, look at Cat’s largest phone that offers both of the above features sacrificing some luxury.
The Cat S62 Pro is an absolute device weapon. With a solid build, an improved interior, some much-needed improvements in quality of life and a fantastic design revision, he is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of robust phones. But like, from the 1980s Predator-era Arnie. And as Arnie’s highlight, this phone wicks away moisture – it’s rated IP69, so you’ll fight to kill it. We loved every minute of testing… if we ignore the disappointing (regular) camera.
Cat out of the bag
The most important aspect of the Cat S62 Pro is obviously its robust efficiency. Clearly, it is designed to withstand a blow. More than just a punch, this phone looks like you could use it to knock down a wall in case you forgot your bulldozer at home. Okay, that’s hyperbolic, but every aspect of the S62 Pro seems built with durability in mind. The quality of workmanship is exceptional and makes this one of the few devices we tested, which we were not afraid of breaking. We thought the Cat S42 was solidly built, but pales in comparison to this beast.
That’s the standard for a Cat phone, isn’t it? Even more impressive is how Cat takes a robust design and modifies a phone that works well and looks decent. We don’t want to be too mean to Cat, but their previous phones were… well, they were pretty ugly and often sacrificed functionality for durability. This is not the case with the S62 Pro, as the device has decent specifications… even if it is not side by side with other leading models.
The Cat S62 Pro features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen that supports 1080 × 2160 resolution playback, which is impressive, although you can’t really make great use of the 4K recording the device is capable of. Speaking of shots, the Cat S62 Pro has a fairly standard 12MP main camera on the back that has one pretty unique feature. There is also an 8MP selfie camera that can record video at 1080p with 30fps. You may think that this inclusion seems like an afterthought, but it is because it is. It is a passable selfie camera that does what it needs to do without any special benefits.
The most unique thing about the Cat S62 Pro is the inclusion of the Lepton 3.5 FLIR thermal camera. And it is extremely efficient. We are not engineers here, so we are not 100% sure what makes a thermal camera accurate, but it was certainly effective from our tests. FLIR Lepton 3.5 is extremely effective in detecting differences in localized temperature, which means that detecting things like electrical short circuits and leaks is incredibly easy. Not that we had any of this, but you could. In that case, you will notice them fairly quickly.
Cat’s FLIR accessory collects heat from over 30 meters and detects a range between -20 ° C and 400 ° C. We didn’t have access to that particular range, but it works as well as you’d expect at surviving temperatures. The Cat S60 had a similar thermal camera, but ours wasn’t that accurate either. Although we have mainly used it to scan computers to help optimize the airflow in the machine, we are sure that electricians, plumbers and ordinary practitioners will appreciate that this tool is condensed into their phones.
Even better is the thermal camera software installed on the S62 Pro. The MyFLIR PRO app provides users with a range of filters that are useful for creating thermal image highlights and basic photos. You can also add notes, convert them directly to PDF, or add points of interest to images – perfect for reporting, invoicing, or just to prove how cold your bedroom actually is in the winter and why the heater should be turned on.
Welcoming on your feet
So, the camera is pretty standard, but there is one unusual addition. What about the hardware inside this monster? It packs a Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14nm) along with 6GB of RAM and an Adreno 512 GPU, and while that’s not top of the range, it’s certainly powerful enough to run the S62 Pro with almost zero latency. Navigating through menus and apps is seamless and smooth, and although the phone struggled to trigger some more intense moments in games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, they generally worked well enough.
One thing worth mentioning is that we were a little disappointed with the battery. The 4000mAh lithium-ion just didn’t last as long as we wanted. It is still better than most standard phones, but in terms of robust devices, some of which last all week with a single charge, we managed to squeeze out only three days. Now keep in mind that it is three days of consistent, often intensive use, but still. In the markets where the S62 Pro competes, it could (and perhaps should) be much better.
We also have to single out the design of the S62 Pro because it looks beautiful. If you are buying a robust phone, you know it will last. You don’t buy the most attractive phones. Cat underpins that expectation with its design, which somehow combines the elegant presentation of companies like Samsung and Huawei with bulkier material. It looks great and although the buttons on the side panel may feel too overdone at first, you will get used to them. The fact that the device runs at 158.5 x 76.7 x 11.9 mm and weighs 248 g is a bonus as most robust phones are unbearably bulky to use.
Cat S62 Pro Judgment
In the end, The Cat S62 Pro proves that rugged phones don’t need to look like bricks around a pond. It’s durable, surprisingly powerful and looks great while doing it all. Sure, the camera could be a little better and the battery could last longer, but in the end, this is a device that is extremely powerful, with excellent interior expansion and real thermal vision. What brings us back to Predator…
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