Where to buy

The S52 can be bought direct from Cat for £449 in the UK.

Rugged smartphones have a well-earned perception of being plastic-coated, brick-like devices with feature lists rooted well in the past. 

Bullit, who produce smartphones for CAT under license, are looking to change all that with their new S52, a comparatively sleek handset that aims to offer the hard-as-nails durability of their previous tough phones in a casing that screams “Apple”. 

Side View

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Design

With its brushed aluminium frame, the S52 takes most of its cues from arguably the apex of handset design, the iPhone 4 – an interesting choice considering Apple is strongly rumoured to be revisiting the look of that device’s classic chassis with its 2020 phone line up.

Display

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Diverging from current smartphone trends by not featuring an edge-to-edge screen or a camera hole notch, the S52 keeps it somewhat old school by sporting 1cm thick bands at either end of the display’s bezel on the phone’s face, which conceal the front-facing camera and speaker at the top.

The shock-absorbing, non-slip rubberized TPU material that covers the back does break the illusion of a premium phone somewhat, but it’s thankfully matte black in finish rather than shiny and makes for a comfortable and secure grip when holding the device, with diagonal grooves at the lower half of the device.

Ports

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Unlike most phones in this category, the charging port and headphone socket aren’t sealed with plastic covers, and are instead reliant upon waterproof coating, helping to further disguise its rugged credentials.

The display, a 5.6-inch full HD model, is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6 technology.

Headphone Jack

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Hardware

Spec Sheet

The Cat S52 that was shipped to us came with the following hardware:

CPU: Helio P35

GPU: PowerVR GE8320

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64GB

Screen size: 5.6-inch

Resolution: 1440 x 720

Weight: 210g

Dimensions: 158.1 mm x 76.6 mm x 9.7 mm

Rear camera: 12MP with LED flash

Front camera: 8MP

OS: Android 9

Battery: 3100 mAh



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