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Mobile World Congress 2018
Cat B15 is a rugged smartphoneCat makes tractors -- and now it makes phones, too. Join us for a tour of this hardened mobile.
Hey, everyone. This is Jessica Dolcourt from CNET here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where I'm taking a look at the Cat B15. This is an Android 4.1 Jellybean smartphone. It's extremely durable and yes it is name by the same people who create forklifts and mining equipment. This phone is rugged, it's made of aluminum and rubber kind of encasing it even the buttons on the side are rubber not plastic key at all. There's a lot of grip here. There's this grove signs so that even if you're wearing gloves or if your fingers are slippery with water, you can still kinda grasp on to it same grove for these edges. They're thick, you can really hold it and that's what it's there for. These buttons are bright all around it. You can see it if it start, you can see them if they're kind of covered in dust or mud or some sort of mop. There are screws that [unk] reinforced all of the openings to keep these phone as close as tight as possible, keep the internals protected from the elements. You can see that there are also some flaps, the rubberized reinforced on the sides and on the top that's for the same purpose to keep these seals as tight as possible and keep unwanted materials out. It is fairly comfortable to hold in the hand, much more comfortable than you would expect. Of course if you have kind of an outdoors job or you might be wearing gloves then you won't be feeling the sides. But even in your bare hands, it is not uncomfortable in the slightest. The phone is actually pretty durable. I have been knocking it around here at the booth. And in addition to that, it is rated for military specification IP67 that makes it dust-proof and then also rates it for water-resistance and that is up to 1 meter in water for up to 30 minutes. It is also reinforced with gorilla glass so that it helps keep the screen a little stronger. If you see that product and tons of other tablets, laptops and other smartphone as well. The phone is also drop-resistant rated to a height of 1.8 meters, that's about as tall as this stand. Now a lot of rugged smartphones are actually not that smart. This one is kind of remarkable because Cat isn't even an Android maker usually. And this is one of the most current versions of Jellybean. It's about a 4-inch LCD screen on here, sensitive to touch. One thing that they are really highlighting is how sensitive it is even if your fingers are wet. So we're gonna wet this phone a little bit even when wet, the phone screen still responds. As for the other specs, you've got a 5 megapixels camera on here no flash. But 5 megapixels is still pretty good for this type of phone. It does take 720p HD video as well. There's also a front-facing VGA camera so you can still do all your video chats. And 5, there's a 1 GHz dual-core Media Tech processor to keep the show going. The Cat B15 is a 3G phone only, no LTE on this guy. It will cost 320 Euros and will appear first in Germany on March 15th followed shortly by the rest of Europe, the Middle East and hopefully soon by America. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This is the Cat B15 Android smartphone and it is very rugged.