Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of CAT S41. CAT rugged smartphones are known for offering great quality for those who work or play in a harsh environment. I had a chance to check out the CAT S41 at this year and now I have used this phone for quite some time. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
This phone can take a beating as it is made of quality rubber and the build quality is just top-notch. The phone has an IP68 rating but it goes beyond that by offering waterproofing up to 2 meters for one hour. Also, the phone stuff credentials include mil-spec 810 grams and Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection that means the CAT S41 is Salt, Dust, Humidity, Rain, Vibration, Solar Radiation, Transport and Thermal Shock resistant. The manufacturer claims that the phone will survive drops from 1.8 meters on hard concrete even though I didn’t capture everything on camera. The phone survived quite a few drops on various surfaces and it has just a few minor dings that are barely visible.
Basic Stuff: –
There are a notification LED lights, all the parts are covered with flaps. There are also the physical buttons to control the device. The sound quality via the headset jack is pretty good and the receive Dual SIM card slot along with a dedicated micro SD slot. Unfortunately, the phone still uses micro USB port for charging not the USB Type-C. Also, the phone lacks fingerprint scanner. There is a multifunctional programmable key you can assign to open different apps with a short or long press of it which is a pretty cool feature. Finally, the loudspeaker is good overall and it can get really loud.
A 5-inch display is great both for indoor and outdoor use but I found it to be slightly reflective besides the Gorilla Glass screen protection can touch the display with wet hands or with gloves. The display supports auto switch and wet finger and glove on working technology meaning that it will recognize once your fingers are wet or you are wearing gloves automatically.
The CAT S41 has a 13-megapixel shooter on the back and 8-megapixel snapper on the front. The main camera can be also used underwater.
The Overall picture quality could be a lot better considering the price of the device even though I tested the camera on a cloudy day. And it took quite a few decent pictures I would love to see more detail and sharpness. Also, the low-light camera performance is kind of average.
Front camera photos will look quite good on social media. The 1080p footage quality does not impress either. It could be a lot sharper and the camera lacks some essential features like continuous autofocus. The 1080p selfie video is actually a lot better and the sound recording quality is decent.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
As far as specification goes we are looking at a mid-range level device. The CAT S41 powered by MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20 Chipset which clocked at Octa-Core 2.3GHz Processor with 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of expandable storage. It ships with Mali T880 MP2 graphics card.
Even though the phone is not designed for gamers. It can handle 3D games quite well. Well, there are quite a few skipped frames and a little bit stutter in some games but I can’t really complain about that. Finally, I didn’t notice any overheating issues.
I love CAT’s approach to stick to near Stock Android 7.0 Nougat user interface and just a few neat extra features. There is a variety of apps that can be downloaded from the App Toolbox. It can also adjust a few display settings or double-click a home-button to wake the screen up. I found the phone to be very fast and responsive overall even after installing a quite a few apps.
As for connectivity, I have no issues, call quality, signal receptions are great. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth work fine and the GPS is very accurate. However, the CAT S41 has only 6 sensors and it likes Gyroscopes meaning that the device is not compatible with VR headsets.
Another key feature is huge 5000 milliamp-hours battery that is said to give you 44 days of standby time and 38 hours of talk time. During my test, I could use the phone 4 days without recharging and that translate to whopping 15 hours of screen time. You can also charge other devices with a supplied cable which is a really neat feature. If you need to recharge the phone itself it takes about 2 hours to do that with the supplied charger.
The CAT S41 is a premium and mid-range rugged phone that can take a beating in a variety of ways. In fact, this is one of the toughest phones on the market right now. I also like a fantastic battery life, the ability to charge other devices, good loudspeaker and a great performance. However, the overall image quality could be better considering this is a $500 phone. Also that if I still use micro USB port for charging not a USB type-C and finally there is no gyroscope sensor. Overall, the CAT S41 is still a solid rugged phone but as always please consider if these shortcomings are important to you or not.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|CAT S41||Coming Soon||Rs 32,990|
|CAT S41||$ 507.00|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|BODY||Dimensions||152 x 75 x 12.9mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT, 1080 x 1920p, 16:9 Ratio (441 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CAMERA||Rear||13-MP, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Chip||MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20|
|CPU||Octa-Core 2.3GHz Cortex-A53|
|GPU||Mali T880 MP2|
|MEMORY||Internal||32GB, 3GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.1, GPS & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 5000 mAh|
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