Bullitt Group launches new rugged Cat S40 smartphone


4G Cat device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 and can survive drops from up to 1.8 metres

Bullitt Group has launched the latest in its range of rugged smartphones, the Cat S40, which it claims is its “toughest phone to date”.

According to research from Bullitt arm Cat Phones, 80 per cent of Brits had damaged their phone in the last five years, with half cracking or shattering the screen. Just less than half had dropped it in water.

Bullitt said it had designed the new 4G Cat S40 device to address these problems and appeal to the 85 million people working in the construction industry across the globe.

The phone has been drop-tested up to 1.8 meters on to concrete, and is IP68 dust, water and shock proof.

It comes with a 4.7-inch qHD Corning Gorilla Glass 4 touchscreen that includes glove-on technology and finger-tracking software that works even with wet hands.

It has a 3,000mAh battery and is powered by a 1.1GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM.

The S40 sports an 8MP camera on the back, plus a 2MP front-facing sensor. It comes with 16GB internal storage but also has space for a microSD card up to 64GB.

“Too many people are being let down and left out-of-pocket by damaged smartphones due to them being used in work environments they were not built for,” said Bullitt Mobile CEO Oliver Schulte.

“We recognised the need to use our expertise to launch a stylish, rugged smartphone that offers protection alongside style and performance. With the refined rugged design of the S40 we’re offering a device that looks great, runs the latest version of Android and offers the levels of protection our customers need.”

The S40 will retail for £399.99 and will be available in more than 60 countries, including the UK, form August 1.