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CAT S50 Tough Smartphone




Cat S50 Tough Smartphone Overview

Cat Smartphones are built tough, to be more robust, and deal with harsher environments in comparison to other smartphones. The S50 is no exception.

It is able to deal with being dropped and the occasional amount of rain due to it being both shock and waterproof. Being tough is just part of the appeal of using this phone, as it has a great specification, including a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a stunning 4.7” display, for improved usage. It also has the latest version of Android 4.4(KitKat), 4G connectivity and 8GB of internal storage.


Most tough smartphones tend to be bulky and clumsy to use, but the Cat S50 is different. It continues with the design ethos we have seen before with Cat, in that they produce phones which have a more appealing look and feel.

This has been achieved by using a tough aluminium body which is surrounded by a rubberised casing. The result is a robust functional look which looks great, and Cat has also managed to make the S50 incredibly thin, just 12.6mm in fact.

This means you have a robust phone which is physically only slightly larger than typical consumer ones. It is also light, at just 140g, so the tough body hasn’t added any unnecessary weight.

With its IP67 ingress protection rating, you can be sure it is waterproof to a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes. This is just for fresh water, so be careful when taking it to the beach. You will also find it is impervious to dust and can deal with drops of up to 1.8 metres, as it has been designed to be shockproof.

If you find yourself working in extreme temperatures you will find that the S50 will be able to cope with them. It is able to operate in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 55°C, so you are covered in most situations.

This all means it is ideal for trades people, or anyone who needs that bit extra of protection. So if you work on a building site regularly, enjoy outdoor pursuits, or happen to live in harsh environments the Cat S50 could be ideal.


The high definition 4.7” touch screen display has an impressive 720 x 1280 resolution (315PPI). In comparison to other tough smartphones this is a particularly large screen and this means you can use apps more effectively and enjoy your photos and movies stored on the phone.

A useful feature of the screen is that you have a wet finger mode. This means you can use the Cat S50 even when it is raining.The touch screen is highly sensitive and can deal with rain without the finger interaction being affected.

The display is protected with a layer of Gorilla Glass. This shouldn’t be affected by the occasional abrasions, or scratches, which can occur in daily use, giving you peace of mind.


With the rear facing 8 MP camera you can snap photos, or record high definition video. It benefits from having an integrated LED flash, and HDR, so you know you are able to take high quality photos and record great looking video. These you can save to the 8GB of internal storage.


It is now common for smartphones to need regular charging due to the extensive capabilities they have. The S50 has an internal battery with a capacity of 2630mAh. This means you are able to use it for a couple of days without having without having to be near a charger. When you do need to charge your phone there is no need to connect a microUSB cable. Instead use a Qi wireless compatible charging pad (sold separately) and watch the battery recharge.


Being tough is one thing, but you also need a smart phone with the capabilities needed for modern communication. To ensure this Cat has included the latest technologies in the S50. You have 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. This means you can easily browse web sites, update social media sites and download the latest apps. You can also stream music to the latest portable speakers and take advantage of other similar accessories.

Music is important for many and the 3.5 mm headphone jack enables you listen to your favourite music stored on the phone, streamed via the internet, or on the included FM radio. However, for added peace of mind, and a better experience for you, the S50 has Waves Audio onboard. This feature rich software ensures the audio experience you get on the S50 is loud, with rich and clear tones.

The S50 from Cat is a tough phone that brings performance, functionality and practicality in a form factor that is really attractive no matter your gender or profession. The S50 is the smartphone for those who want ongoing reliability and durability.

Reasons to Buy Cat S50 Tough Smartphone

  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system
  • 4.7” IPS HD capacitive touch screen with Gorilla Glass and wet finger tracking
  • IP67 Water and Dustproof
  • Military 810G rated, capable of surviving drops from 1.8m
  • 8MP camera with LED Flash and HD video recording
  • 4G
  • 8GB internal memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Just 140g
  • FM Radio
  • GPS

Box Contents of Cat S50 Tough Smartphone

  • Cat S50
  • MicroUSB cable
  • 3 Pin mains adapter
  • Documentation


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version4.4 (KitKat)
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed1.2 GHz
  • Dual Core
  • Quad CoreYes
  • Make/ModelQualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400
  • OtherAdreno 305 GPU
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSD
  • Capacity (Up to)Up to 64GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity8GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4.7
  • TypeIPS LCD
  • Resolution 720 x 1280
  • Other315 PPI, 16M colour, Capacitive Multi-touch, Gorilla Glass 3, & Wet Finger Tracking
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • FrequenciesBands 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
  • Speed
  • Version4.0
  • FunctionsLE
  • Version802.11 a/b/g/n (Wi-Fi Direct & Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Version
  • DatamicroUSB 2.0, USB On The Go,
  • PowermicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm
  • Video Out
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware ButtonsPower, Volume
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels8 MP
  • FlashLED Flash
  • Camera Lens
  • Other1080p HD Video Capture
Front Facing CameraYes
  • TypeVGA
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • Formats
  • Recording
  • Formats
  • Recording
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity2630mAh
  • Type
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions144.5 x 77 x 12.7 mm
Weight 185g
SoftwareGoogle Android
OtherIP67 waterproof 1meter for 30 minutes & impervious to dust, shock proof 1.2 metres (4 feet) onto cement, operational temp. -25C to 55C. Mil Spec 810G. Qi Wireless Charging
Warranty24 months



Will my phone work

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is SIM Free and unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes. It can take microSD cards up to a size of 64GB.

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a micro SIM card

Does this phone have a removable battery?


Does this phone have wireless charging?

Yes, it has Qi wireless charging.

Is this phone waterproof?

The S50 is water resistant to a depth of 1m for 30minutes in fresh water (when port covers are closed)

Can I drop this phone?

The S50 is rated and designed to withstand drops onto concrete from a height of 1.2 meters although regular drops onto concrete and other surfaces may result in physical damage.

Does this phone have Gorilla Glass?


Is this phone dual SIM?

Unless an dual SIM option is shown, then the handset is only single SIM.

Does it have an FM radio?

Yes, although a headset is reuqired to act as an antenna.

What languages are on the phone?

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Overall Rating 5 Stars * * * * * View Clove's Own Review
  • Lloyd Henning 6/8/2015 Recommend to a friend? Yes

    Fast, tough phone.

    Been using since January (~8 months now)


    - Screen does not smash like my Nexus 4 did
    - Android runs well, no weird restarts like my Nexus 4, no weird unable to call bugs like my Nexus 4
    - Loud! These speakers are very good for a phone
    - You don't need a phone case.


    - Front camera does not focus well, you won't get the best quality images.
    - The coverings for SD card and headphones have come off on mine. I did fiddle with them a lot - so be careful.
    - No notification LED, so you need to turn screen on to see if you've any messages or annoying apps wanting attention.

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