Cat Phones on Wednesday introduced its latest rugged phone, the mid-range S42. Available as an unlocked device, it pairs with AT&T, T-Mobile and their respective brands.

The Cat S42 runs Android 10 at launch with a promised update to Android 11. The phone features a 5.5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 5 and supports touch with wet fingers or gloves.

Internal specifications include a MediaTek Helio A20 processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for external storage.

The main draw of the Cat S42, however, is its rugged design. Like others in the Cat lineup, it’s built to withstand drops, water, dust, and dirt. Moreover, it meets US military spec for vibration, thermal shock, salt mist, and humidity.

Cat phones are the sort of device that utility workers, contractors, plumbers, and similar types might use. While they’re more than strong enough to handle the day-to-day duties with working on construction sites, the peace of mind comes from knowing it will handle the associated elements and hazards.

Rounding out the hardware, the Cat S42 has a headphone jack and a programmable side button. The phone supports dual-band Wi-Fi, VoLTE, and LTE Cat. 6 connections.

Learn more about the Cat S42 at the Cat website where it’s also available to purchase ($299).

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