We did a full Cat B15 review but today a newer version has been announced. It’s still as strong and as waterproof, but now there’s a quad-core CPU, a bigger speaker and Android 4.4 – aka KitKat. They’ve also added better connectivity with Bluetooth 4.0 and, around the back, an LED Flash has been added. It’ll be known as the B15Q.. Q is probably for “Quick” :)
We quite liked the Cat B15. It struck a good balance between style and ruggedness, but these improvements certainly are welcome. I kinda wish they’d put a slightly higher resolution screen in though.
You’ll be able to buy the B15Q unlocked in July, safe in the knowledge that it’s both quick and sturdy enough to survive a few drops on the floor and in the bath.
What’s that? You want to see the video where my son throws the original B15 in the bath? Oh, OK then… :)
Full details below..
Cat® Launches World’s First Globally Available Rugged KitKat Smartphone, the Cat B15Q
The flagship Cat® B15 rugged smartphone gets tougher and smarter
LONDON, U.K. June 3rd 2014 – Cat® phones and accessories today announced the launch of the Cat B15Q, the next-generation of its rugged smartphone. The B15Q is the first rugged smartphone available globally to support KitKat, the latest version of Android. A truly rugged smartphone, the B15Q is one seriously hard worker, it will cope with the demands of your day at work and play, with all the features needed to help you achieve amazing things.
“With the Cat B15Q we have taken consumer feedback on board from its predecessor and added, for example, a faster processor and improved imaging capabilities,” said Oliver Schulte, COO of Cat phones. “This is the first rugged handset available globally to support Android’s KitKat so users no longer need to choose between smartphone durability and the latest Android features. The B15Q is a key milestone to Cat phones becoming the number one global rugged device vendor by 2015.”
The B15Q is smart and reliable with a faster quad core processor, the latest version of Android (4.4) KitKat, better connectivity (Bluetooth v 4.0) and a LED Flash added to the HD camera. With a bigger speaker and noise cancelling dual microphone encased in silver anodized aluminium and shock absorbent rubber, the B15Q now has all the features needed to withstand more than a few bumps and scrapes.
Its robust design also includes the market leading Cat phone rugged features that enable it to withstand a 1.8m drop onto concrete, be submerged in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes, and endure extreme temperatures from -25°C to 55°C without compromising on the features expected from a smartphone.
The Cat B15Q also comes with the following applications: Waves Audio for professional studio quality sound tools, SwiftKey to help you type in an easier, faster and less frustrating way and Ocearch global shark tracker.
Durability: IP67 (dustproof, scratch resistant) + MIL SPEC 810G
Battery: 16 hours talk time, 2000mAh
Display: 4” WVGA, Gorilla Glass 2, Wet Finger Tracking
Camera: 5MP with LED Flash
Operational Temperature: -13°F (-25°C) to 131°F (55 °C).
The Cat B15Q will be available to buy from retailers in the UK in July. Visit www.catphones.com and click on Buy Now to find your local retailers.