- Analysis by KJ David
Unlike like the Cat S31, a similarly-rugged model that settled for mostly-entry-level technical specs, this sequel to the S40 packs a high-end mix of pros and cons.
The S41's biggest pros, as we anticipated, include a highly-durable shell, which is rated IP68 for dust- as well as waterproofing and has been drop-tested onto concrete from heights of up to 1.8 meters . Additionally, its MIL-SPEC 810G military standard certification makes it resistant to extreme conditions, such as high pressure and vibrations.
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Sitting confidently inside its gritty exterior is a gargantuan 5000mAh battery coupled with the Pump Express 2.0 charging system . Its forenamed massive battery cell reaches up to 44 days of continuous standby and up to 38 hours (2280 minutes) of 3G talk time . It also comes with a battery-sharing function , in case you want to charge up a less-outdoor-ready device on the go. Up front, it sports a 5-inch IPS Full HD screen buffed up by a Gorilla Glass 5 protective cover , with support for wet-finger/with-glove use in place as well.
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As obvious trade-offs for having a substantial power cap and an enduring body, the S41's cons include a 218g weight (The conventional smartphone weighed only around 150 grams as of its release) and a ponderous 12.85mm body depth . That being said, not many rugged Android phones rock a 13-megapixel FHD-video main camera with phase-detection autofocus . It also supports up to 2TB's worth of microSD storage (32GB internal memory), a facet that we've seen mostly on fancier high-tech models.
Heading into its engine room, the S41 relies on a high-ranking MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor clocking in at 2.3GHz ably accompanied by a 3GB RAM . It also comes with LTE Cat 6 connectivity, consequently reeling in speeds up to 300Mbps . Among the rest of its pros and cons are a relatively-basic 8-megapixel fixed focus selfie camera as well as a programmable key (nothing new, as far as adventure-ready smartphones go) that you can use to fire up its SOS app or Push-to-Talk.
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So, while the Cat S41 may not have the slenderest of physiques, its heavy-duty battery and action-ready rugged features make it more fit for the adventure-savvy user versus typical high-end Androids.
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