Cat B15.

The one word you think of when you see those three letters. CAT. As in Caterpillar. As in construction equipment.


And that's translated nicely to the Cat 15 ruggedized Android smartphone. Available now for $349 after its unveiling a couple months ago at Mobile World Congress, it's billed as a durable smartphone for the active set, whether that's on the side of the mountain or atop a rather impressive piece of construction equipment.  

In fact, we watched this sucker hit the floor hard in Las Vegas. Hard. As in up all night gambling and you can't take it anymore hard. We've got hands-on video and more after the break.

Specs, if you're interested, are thus:

  • Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6577 Dual 1GHz Cortex™-A9
  • Size: 4.9 x 2.5 x 5.9 inches 
  • Weight: 5.99 oz 
  • Screen details: 4-inch WVGA 480x800 LCD, Capacitive Multi-touch, Gorilla glass, wet finger tracking 
  • Memory: 4GB storage + 1 GB 
  • Camera: 5.0 MP Rear, VGA Front 
  • Video: 720P recording 30 FPS Codecs H.263, H.264/AVC, mpeg4/SP, VP8
  • Talk time: Up to 9 hours 
  • Standby: Up to 9.5 days 
  • Connections: microUSB, microSD 32GB, 3.5mm audio 
  • GPS: A-GPS mode 
  • Temperature Operational range: -4º F to 131º F 
  • Drop testing: 5.9 feet onto concrete 
  • IP rating: IP67 waterproof to 3.2 feet for 30 min; impervious to dust

The B15 isn't going to win any awards for looks, but that's not really point, is it. This guy's meant to take a bit of a beating. And it's running Android 4.1. Jelly Bean, so at least it's in the same nickname as the latest version of Android. The 480x800 WVGA display is a bit tired, but, again. This one's about survivability.