There are smartphones, and then there are tough smartphones. With a brand name like Caterpillar, which churns out industrial equipment as well as safety boots, it is no surprise then, to hear that their smartphones, too, are tough as nails. Case in point, the CAT S50 which was first announced over at IFA in Berlin, Germany, earlier this year. Back then, there was no word on it ever arriving Stateside, but here we are with news that the CAT S50 is going to make its way over to the US soon, although exact pricing and availability details remain to be known.
Here is a little bit of nitty gritty concerning the CAT S50 – it will be a smartphone that sports a 4.7” display at 720 x 1280 resolution, while featuring Mil Spec 810G compliance. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat, the CAT S50 will be accompanied by 2GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, an 8MP shooter that does HD video recording, LTE connectivity, compliance to the IP67 standard, is scratch resistant, has wet-finger tracking ability, and will feature a thick plastic armor alongside a quartet of rubber bumpers.
It looks like the race for the worlds slimmest smartphone is not quite over just yet – as the folks over at China-based Oppo have stepped up to the plate and wrested this particular title away from Gionee. Their latest offering, the Oppo R5, happens to be the first smartphone in the world that breaks the sub-5mm barrier when it comes to the chassis thickness. Just how thin is the new $499 Oppo R5? We are talking about a mere 4.85mm here, which is territory that no other smartphone manufacturer has tread.
It will feature a 5.2” AMOLED display that carries a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which means it has a pixel density that is on part with that of the flagship Sony Xperia Z3 at 423ppi. A 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC which boasts of eight Cortex-A53 cores while running at 1.5GHz ain’t too shabby at all, really, and there will also be 2GB RAM and a 13MP, f/2.0 Sony IMX214 camera sensor that keeps it going.