S62 Pro in puddle of water

The CAT S62 phone series is the flagship for the CAT brand of rugged phones. The Bullitt Group manufactured these devices to improve on the CAT S61. The CAT S62 series features CAT S62 and CAT S62 Pro, which are impressive upgrades of their predecessor.

When deciding which CAT S62 phone to pick, it’s essential to understand the critical differences between the two devices. This guide compares the phones, highlighting their key variations.

Below, officially, is Cat S62 vs. Cat S62 Pro:

Durability

S62 Pro in water tank

There is no doubt that the CAT S62 was built to withstand harsh environments. It has passed MIL-SPEC 810H military-grade testing and has an IP68 rating. That means it is waterproof at a depth of 16 feet for an hour. It is also dust-proof, which is an essential factor when working outdoors.

The phone can survive drops of 6 feet onto steel and can be used when hands are wet or when wearing gloves. The Gorilla Glass 6 installed makes for a sturdy screen. The CAT S62’s non-incendive C1D2 rating means that you can use it in environments with flammable gases or hot surfaces.

The CAT S62 Pro’s durability features are almost similar to those of the CAT S62. One stark difference is that the Pro version of the phone has both IP68 and IP69 ratings. The IP69 rating is the highest level of protection against liquids available for phones. Simply put, the CAT S62 Pro is better at operating underwater than the CAT S62.

Thermal Imaging

S62 Pro using thermal camera

The standout feature of the CAT S62 Pro is its FLIR thermal imaging technology. The built-in FLIR Lepton 3.5 sensor has the highest resolution you will find in any smartphone currently on the market. This technology allows it to capture 20,000 pixels, providing a more detailed image. Coupled with the MyFLIR Pro App also installed on the phone, the CAT S62 Pro has thermal imaging technology that automatically enhances heat signatures captured by the device. You can overlay the thermal images on photos taken by the camera, and temperature data is stored within each image.

Unfortunately, the CAT S62 does not come with thermal imaging technology. If this is a feature you are interested in, the CAT S62 Pro may be a better option.

Dimensions

The CAT S62 measures 6.24 x 3.01 x 0.51 inches which is a size that allows for a good grip even when operating the phone with wet hands. At 8.11 oz, the device is surprisingly light, especially when you consider its rugged metal and rubber design.

With the CAT S62 Pro, the manufacturer didn’t change the dimensions or weight of the phone enough to make a noticeable difference. You can handle the Pro version of the phone just as easily as the CAT S62.

Android

Both the CAT S62 and S62 Pro run on Android 10. The manufacturer has made the provision to upgrade the phones to Android 11. These devices are also compatible with Android Enterprise, a custom business platform that includes OfficeSuite and features like PowerPoint and Word.

Display

S62 Pro thermal camera in dark room

The display specifications of the CAT S62 and CAT S62 Pro are similar. At 5.7inches, the devices have a comfortably sized screen. Their displays are FHD and have IPD technology. At a resolution of 1080 × 2160, these features give the phones well-saturated, colorful image outputs, even in direct sunlight.

A significant aspect of the displays is that their touchscreens can be operated with wet fingers or gloves. This screen enhancement allows the user more flexibility in where and how users can work their phones.

Camera

S62 Pro camera

The CAT S62 has three cameras. It has two rear cameras, one that is 48 MP while the other is 2MP. These back cameras have LED flash and 4K video recording capabilities of 1080 resolution at 30 fps. Image stabilization is provided by gyro-EIS hardware, and the front-facing camera is 8MP. With these specifications, the S62 can competently take photos and videos.

CAT S62 Pro versions match most of the camera specs of the CAT S62 but have the added advantage of having a FLIR 3.5 Lepton thermal imaging camera. Besides automatically enhanced thermal pictures, the FLIR sensor provides precise details like minimum and maximum temperature. The camera has spot metering as well.

Battery

With a 4,000mAh battery, the CAT S62 can last for two days on a single charge. There is no provision to remove the battery, but you can charge it wirelessly. When working in remote areas, the two-day battery life provided by the CAT S62 makes it a reliable communication device.

The CAT S62 Pro also has a Li-Ion 4,000mAh battery, but unfortunately, you cannot charge it wirelessly.

Memory

S62 Pro in pocket

The CAT S62 has impressive storage specifications. With 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, there is no reason to worry about limiting the number of apps downloaded on the device. For those who require a little more room, the phone has a MicroSD card slot that you can utilize to expand the storage capacity by another 256GB.

The manufacturer kicked things up a notch with the CAT S62 Pro. Instead of the 4GB RAM, the Pro version of the phone has a memory of 6GB. It also has 128GB storage that can be expanded by 256GB using a MicroSD card. Having this much space to stow items like documents and photos is convenient when working away from the office.

Processor

The CAT S62 series gets a thumbs-up when it comes to processing power. Both devices are equipped with octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 technology. Therefore, the phones can handle everyday tasks and simultaneously run apps that may be required on the job.

A Snapdragon 660 is installed in both the CAT S62 and CAT S62 Pro because the chipset manufacturer provides security updates for 10 years. This long update window allows CAT to guarantee security patches for their CAT S62 devices for three years. It’s a big plus for a work phone as users are assured their sensitive documents and communications will remain safe from malware attacks.

4G LTE Bands

S62 Pro water on phone

One of the primary selling points of rugged phones is that you can use them anywhere. When working in remote locations, a device’s ability to receive wireless data is crucial. The CAT S62 supports numerous 4G LTE bands (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, and 71) which makes it compatible with many phone carrier networks. It can connect to major phone service providers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.

The CAT S62 Pro also comes with many 4G LTE bands (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 41, 66, and 71). There may not be as many bands available as the CAT S62, but they are compatible with major phone service networks.

The low-band spectrum works best in rural areas, and CAT Pro has various bands to choose from, making it an ideal choice for isolated locales.

Connectivity

S62 Pro falling rugged

The CAT S62 series does do not disappoint when it comes to connectivity. Rugged phones must be reliable in poor service areas or patchy wireless connectivity. Both CAT S62 versions have 4G LTE bands low enough to operate in rural areas. They have Wi-Fi drivers that allow them to receive internet signals, act as hotspots, and broadcast when required. The phones are equipped with Bluetooth 5 and NFC.

Both the CAT S62 and S62 Pro have USB-C cables that charge faster and waterproof connectors that can be used outdoors.

Warranty

CAT S62 and CAT S62 Pro are built to last. You can drop them on steel without breaking. They can be submerged and can withstand shocks and vibrations. These phones have undergone military testing meaning that they can stand up to the demands of being placed in hazardous environments. However, your phone may sustain damage that compromises its functionality.

The CAT S62 series comes with a warranty that ensures you are covered if the device gets damaged. For the CAT S62, the warranty period is two years, while that of the CAT 62 Pro is one year.

Retail Price

S62 Pro using phone

Rugged phones have greater demands placed on them than the average smartphone. They need a sturdy exterior that is robust enough to handle harsh environments and extreme temperatures. These phones also need software that enables them to run work-related operations outdoors. The price tags of the CAT S62 phones reflect all the features that make these phones some of the best rugged devices in the market.

The CAT S62 retails at $498, while the S62 Pro sells for $649. The price difference is mainly due to the FLIR 3.5 Lepton 3.5 sensor built into the phone’s Pro version.

Talk to an Expert

CAT S62 phones are designed with a particular user in mind. These devices are made for demanding worksites, with features and specifications tailor-made for the outdoors. When supplying your staff with rugged phones, reach out to Energy Electronics. They are certified dealers with the expertise to guide you in the right direction.

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