Is the CAT S52 Dual SIM?

The CAT S52 is the latest in CAT’s long line of highly lauded rugged devices and offers uncompromising levels of durability in a sleek and sophisticated design. This makes the device an unparalleled option for those looking for an attractive device that can withstand a typical working day unscathed.  

If this is why the CAT S52 is an option for you, then you might be wondering whether the device is Dual SIM; enabling you to separate the professional from the personal.

The CAT S52 comes as both Single SIM AND Dual SIM variants, supporting Nano-SIM cards. The Dual SIM variant supports Dual Stand-by, whilst a separate microSD card can be used at the same time for extra storage.  

The CAT S52 is available from Clove Technology for £449.99 including VAT with worldwide shipping.   

What is Dual SIM Stand-by?

Generally speaking, there are two main variations of Dual SIM smartphones; dual standby and dual active.

The CAT S52 supports dual SIM standby, meaning that you can’t use both SIM cards simultaneously.

Indeed, when neither SIM is in use, then both SIM 1 and SIM 2 are active and connected to their own mobile network. However, since they both utilise only one radio transceiver, once SIM1 becomes active, SIM 2 becomes inactive (and vice versa).

So, if you are using SIM 1 to make a call, if somebody else calls you on SIM 2, they will not be able to get through.

Simply speaking, if both SIMs are in standby mode, you can use them to make and receive calls and texts on either. It is then when you take the call on SIM 1, that SIM 2 becomes inactive until SIM 1 is not being used.

What are the Benefits of a Dual SIM Smartphone?

If you consider yourself to be the average smartphone user; calling and texting family and friends as well as playing apps or surfing the web, then the honest answer is that you probably don’t actually need a Dual SIM device. However, there are a number of situations in which having a Dual SIM smartphone is hugely beneficial.

  1. Personal vs Professional Usage

If you juggle between work and personal usage on one device, then a Dual SIM device is the perfect solution.

With a Dual SIM phone, you can use two different numbers at once and switch quickly and efficiently between them. This completely eradicates the need to either carry two phones at once or switch between SIM cards.

  1. Travelling

If you enjoy travelling and still want to make full use of your smartphone, then purchasing a Dual SIM device is essential.

With a Dual SIM device, you can still make use of your so-called ‘home’ line and keep in constant contact with love ones. But at the same time, you can make the most of a cheap local SIM, utilising local data plans and network coverage. In this way, you can access the internet and make calls with the local SIM but still be able to take texts and calls from home.

  1. Benefit from different network deals / coverage

Dual SIM devices aren’t locked to a particular network and so you’re able to sign up to any provider that you like.

In this way, you can utilise the deals of different networks. You can sign up to a SIM package that provides cheap data as well as a separate SIM package that offers great rates on texts and calls; combining them into the ultimate deal for you.

Alongside this, having two SIMs with different providers increases your likelihood of coverage. If SIM 1 doesn’t receive reception in a particular area, then you’ve always got SIM 2 to rely on.


Is the CAT S52 Worth It?

Despite being crafted for its rugged capabilities, the CAT S52 is the first durable device that doesn’t compromise on it’s looks.

Indeed, it’s noticeably slim at just 9.69mm and yet the high-grade aluminium frame still promises the levels of durability that we’ve come to expect of CAT devices.

This includes an IP68 certification against dust, dirt and sand as well as protection from water at a depth of 1.5m for up to 35 minutes. A MIL-SPEC-810G rating is also part of the package and promises protection against drops of 1.5m onto concrete, vibration resistance and the ability to work in a temperature range of -30C to 65C.

A coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 provides added protection to the Super-Bright 5.65-inch HD+ IPS display, which is easy to read in all conditions including sunlight. Glove-on technology has also been enabled to improve interaction with the display when wearing gloves or using the device with wet hands.

Alongside this, the CAT S52 boasts the ‘best camera on a rugged phone’; a 12MP dual pixel Sony sensor with a bright f/1.8 aperture for stunning photos even in low light. A 3,100mAh battery keeps you working for longer and support fast charging to minimise downtime.

CAT S52 Key Specifications

  • Android 9.0 (with an update to 10)
  • Mediatek Helio P35 Octacore 2.3GHz
  • Super Bright 5.65” HD+ IPS display
  • High-performance camera
  • Slim design; 9.69mm thick
  • IP68 certified; sand, dust and dirt resistant
  • Drop tested: up to 1.5m (5ft) onto concrete
  • Waterproof: depth of 1.5m for up to 35 minutes
  • 64GB internal storage / 4GB RAM

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