In 2013 Caterpillar took the seemingly unprecedented step of competing with the likes of Apple and Samsung with a range of smartphones specifically designed for the construction industry. It seems it was a worthy gamble as CAT has recently announced its latest addition, the “refined” S40 rugged smartphone.

Cat 40-2-630x544If you’re in construction you want a phone that can cope with all the dirt, dust and drops on site. But when you knock off work and you’re at the bar, you want a phone that’s elegant and slimline. Until late last year, getting military-grade toughness meant most rugged phones were big and bulky. Not anymore.

To give you a bit of history, last year Caterpillar released the CAT S50, a faster, thinner and sleeker model with a larger, high-res 4.7-inch screen, a better 8MP camera and faster processor. But there was only one problem; it wasn’t as tough. The S50 model is still water proof and dust proof, but the drop resistance has fallen by 33 per cent to 1.2m.

Six months on, CAT seems to have found a way to accomplish a thinner, more slimline design without compromising on ruggedness.


The CAT S40 is the must-have smartphone for construction workers and machinery operators. While the S40 features a slightly slower processor, the new device holds many of the S50’s advances in an even thinner body.

It has a 4.7-inch display that is the brightest of all CAT phones. It also features improved audio quality on calls and a larger battery for extended use on the jobsite. However, most remarkably of all, is that this thinner, sleeker phone can survive multiple drops to concrete from 1.8m.

Stand out features of the S40 include:

  • Drop tested up to 1.8 m onto concrete
  • IP68 and exceeds Mil-Spec 810G – Water, Dust and Shock Proof
  • Super Bright Display capable of being read in direct sunlight
  • Large Capacity Battery
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • Glove-On Working Technology
  • Wet-Finger Tracking Technology
  • Waterproof warning sensors lets user know when the phone isn’t waterproof (and shows animation of how to correct this)
  • Dedicated app store featuring the latest apps relevant to outdoor working and lifestyles (as well as full access to Google Play)
  • Launched with its own range of Cat branded rugged accessories

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