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Cat® S42 Smartphone Review

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Bullitt Group, the global licensee for Cat® phones, announced the launch of the Cat S42 to the US market, a robust smartphone designed for reliability, even in extreme situations. The new addition to the range, now on sale with an MSRP of $329 USD, benefits from Cat phones’ heritage and a decade of research and development in the design of rugged phones, bringing unrivaled toughness to this essential everyday work phone.

The Cat S42 is a remarkable workhorse with key features that customers in this segment truly value, especially a long battery life, market-leading rugged credentials and a large, bright display that can be read in sunlight. Like all Cat phones it can also be regularly and thoroughly cleaned by being submerged and scrubbed with hot soapy water or disinfectant, an essential hygiene detail in the midst of COVID-19 for those who must keep on working.

“Cat phones customers need a phone they can rely on, whether they are in emergency services keeping us safe, or working in a hospital where hygiene is the priority, or in construction and needing a phone that’s tough enough to survive on site. Day after day, the Cat S42 is designed to be utterly dependable and keep working for you,” said Peter Cunningham, VP Product Portfolio at Bullitt Group.

Tested to Cat phones’ demanding rugged standards with MIL SPEC 810H and IP68 ratings, it surpasses our rigorous and repeated drop testing from 1.8 meters onto steel, including multiple drops onto every side and corner. The S42 is fully waterproof and was tested submerged in water at depths up to 1.5 meters for 35 minutes. Like all Cat smartphones in the range, it is also put through vibration and tumble tests, as well as salt mist conditions, and it is built to operate in high and low extremes of temperature and to survive thermal shocks. Take it with you anywhere and everywhere. It’s built tough to help you thrive in challenging outdoor work situations and extreme leisure pursuits alike.

Rugged to its core, the Cat S42’s super bright 5.5″ HD+ 18×9 display is protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 and can be read in bright sunlight, with a touch screen that can be controlled with wet fingers or when wearing gloves.

Key Specifications

Powerful 4,200mAh battery
Water / Dust proof (IP68), Drop tested to 1.8 meters onto steel, MIL SPEC 810H, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
Waterproof Smartphone – up to 1.5 meters for 35 minutes
5.5″ HD+ 18×9 display optimized for outdoor use with a touchscreen that can be used with wet fingers or when wearing gloves
Android™ 10 (with upgrade to 11)
3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, Expandable Storage (microSD™)
Mediatek Helio A20 MT 6761D chipset, 1.8GHz quad-core processor
13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
LTE Cat 6, VoLTE, VoWiFi
Textured, extra grip design
Programmable Shortcut Key useful for Push to Talk (PTT), SOS (Lone worker app), or to easily launch its torch or camera
Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
3.5mm audio jack (waterproof)
Curated apps and content catalog
Dual SIM – Nano SIM + microSD™
2-year warranty
Android Enterprise support
Security updates cover for 3 years
Zero-touch support