CES 2014: CAT launches the tough-talking B100 feature phone

CES 2014: CAT launches the tough-talking B100 feature phoneLike your phones tough but not massively clever? Then you'll want to check out the CAT B100, the latest rugged mobile phone to be tagged with the tough-as-nails brand.

And we say mobile phone rather than smartphone quite deliberately, as this low-intensity digital beast runs a custom OS that gives you what you need and nothing more.

That's fine for a specific type of environment, of course, so don't think we're criticising the B100 or anything. We're just calling a spade a spade, and the CAT B100 is pretty much a spade.

It measures a chunky 123 x 56 x 17.5mm, though it's not too heavy at 136g. The obligatory black and yellow colour scheme is present and correct, though as with last year's Android-based B15 it's restrained, as is the steroid-boosted chunkiness present on so many rugged phones.

It's still got the IP67 and MIL 810G protection, and is certified to withstand a 1.8m drop, a 30-minute swim in up to a metre of water, and won't complain at being used in temperatures as low as -25 deg C, or up to 55 deg C (though you yourself no doubt will).

Considering the realities of such conditions, the noise-cancelling microphone, “high-quality” speaker, screen protector, belt clip and drop-in charger are all welcome inclusions.

There's a 3-megapixel camera on board, but little by way of internal memory, though you can add up to 32GB of your own via microSD card. The battery is rated for 10 hours of talk time.

Bullitt Mobile, the worldwide licensee of CAT phones, says the CAT B100 will be available immediately in Europe, and will hit other markets before mid-year. No price yet, however.

Via CAT (pdf)

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