updated 09:14 pm EST, Sun January 5, 2014
Mobile phone capable of surviving 30 minutes underwater, drops
Bullitt Mobile and Cat, a brand known for producing construction equipment, has added a new feature phone to its roster of workplace mobile devices at CES. While the Cat B100 does not include a high-resolution touchscreen, instead opting for a 2.2-inch 240x320 version, it is tough enough to survive a 1.8m (5.9 feet) drop, submergence in 1m (3.2 feet) of water for 30 minutes, and can operate in temperatures ranging between -25C and 55C (-13F to 131F).
The ruggedized candybar styling uses large buttons, meant to allow users to dial without removing their gloves, while its loudspeaker and noise-canceling microphone will help those working on construction sites or other loud environments. The IP67 and MIL SPEC 810G-certified device sports a rear-mounted 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, FM radio, Micro SD card storage expansion, and a 1,150mAh battery offering up to 23 days of standby and up to 10 hours of talk time.
Cat is making the B100 available to buy in Europe soon, though the price has yet to be revealed. The company states it will also be made available in a number of other markets in the first half of 2014.