Caterpillar B15 ruggedized handset launches in the UK

£299 gets you a ruggedized smartphone running vanilla Android 4.1

Not traditionally associated with the smartphone market, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has launched its own Android phone, the Caterpillar B15. As you might expect, the B15 is a ruggedized handset, bearing a slight resemblance to the Kyocera Torque that recently saw release on the other side of the Atlantic.

As is often the case for these kinds of handsets, the Caterpillar B15 isn't packing bleeding-edge hardware, but there should be enough horsepower for most mainstream users. Inside there's a dual-core MediaTek CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 4-inch WVGA display, and on the software side it appears to run vanilla Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There's also a 5-megapixel camera around the back.

The handset is available today from British online retailer Unlocked-Mobiles, priced at £299. There's no word yet on whether any of the major networks plan to range the B15; given Caterpillar's outsider status, we're not holding our breath.

Source: Unlocked-Mobiles; via: Eurodroid

Alex Dobie
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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Not sure what is the oddest part of these news. Caterpillar launching a phone. Or launching it in the UK first.
    Anyways. Let's make some drop tests for us viewers.
  • You know what.... id rather have this than the HTC first (facebook phone)
  • I wouldn't... and I don't even use Facebook.
  • I am pretty sure this is Caterpillar's 3rd go on a phone, plus they are a global company, making specific equipment in various markets, so I do not find it that odd of them launching there, I wouldn't find it odd of them launching it anywhere, I am biased though, I work for a Caterpillar Dealer.
  • I would like to give one a try. This could be the kind of kit I am looking for. Field work, out doors is hard on phones. It could also work with the type of android sofware I wish to run.
  • Launching it with only 512MB RAM and a cheap CPU
  • Cool... but why isn't it in construction yellow?
  • Not 1GB of RAM as stated....only 512mb