The B15Q is the first rugged smartphone available globally to support KitKat, the latest version of Android.
It also sports a bigger speaker and noise cancelling dual microphone encased in silver anodized aluminium and shock absorbent rubber.
The phone is IP67 certified and is rugged enoughto withstand a 1.8m drop onto concrete, be submerged in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes, and endure extreme temperatures from -25°C to 55°C, according to the manufacturer.
The Cat B15Q also comes with the following applications: Waves Audio for professional studio quality sound tools, SwiftKey to help you type in an easier, faster and less frustrating way and Ocearch global shark tracker.
“With the Cat B15Q we have taken consumer feedback on board from its predecessor and added, for example, a faster processor and improved imaging capabilities,” said Oliver Schulte, COO of Cat phones. “This is the first rugged handset available globally to support Android’s KitKat so users no longer need to choose between smartphone durability and the latest Android features. The B15Q is a key milestone to Cat phones becoming the number one global rugged device vendor by 2015.”