The latest phone from Bullitt Group is here with the Cat S75, and it brings a mix of the standard rugged phone specs like IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and it is the first phone with MediaTek’s NTN (non-terrestrial network) chip for two-way satellite messaging support.
Cat S75 is also MIL-STD810H-certified to withstand drops from 1.8 meters onto steel plates. The phone can be dipped 5m (16ft) underwater for 35 minutes. It also has Gorilla Glass Victus on the front for additional protection, and the phone looks like a phone that doesn’t need cases or screen protectors. Furthermore, the phone features IP69K rating, which protects the device from powerful high-temperatures (-30°C/-22°F to 75°C/167°F) for up to 24 hours. It can also survive in high humidity, salt fog conditions.
Specs wise, the Cat S75 is built on a 6.6” IPS LCD display with 1,080 x 2,400px resolution and runs at 120Hz refresh rate. On the back, the S75 has three cameras – a 50MP f/1.8 main camera and an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide unit, each with its own LED flash, joined by a 2MP f/2.4 macro shooter. The selfie camera is an 8MP f/2.0 fixed-focus unit for handling selfies and video chats.
Inside, it runs on Dimensity 930 chipset, which is supplied by MediaTek. The chipset is paired with six gigabytes of RAM, and 128GB of storage, which can be expandable using a microSD card slot. A fingerprint sensor is located on the back of the device. The device is backed up by a 5,000mAh battery which supports 15W which charged speeds, and QI wireless charging. The device ships with the outdated Android 12 with 2 OS updates and 5 years (3 years of quarterly SMRs and a further 2 years of Emergency SMRs as required) of security patches.
The Cat S75 has a direct-to-satellite communication feature which could be the unique selling point for this phone. Using Bullitt Satellite Messenger, users will be able to message to their friends and family from faraway locations – be it a desert or the middle of the ocean. The company claims the Bullitt Satellite Messenger is the first 3GPP standards-based satellite NTN or ‘direct-to-satellite’ messaging service for mobile phones. The phone uses the new MediaTek MT6825 NTN chip and Bullitt Satellite Messenger to access a network of geostationary satellites.
Full specs recap of the Cat S75
- 6.6-inch (2400 ×1080 pixels) Full HD+ LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- MediaTek Dimensity 930 6nm SoC with IMG BXM-8-256 GPU
- 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128GB UFS 2.2 storage, expandable memory with microSD
- Android 12 OS
- 50MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, LED flash, underwater mode
- 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
- Dimensions: 171 X 80 X 11.9mm; Weight:268g
- SATELLITE: 23/255/256, 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5Ghz), Bluetooth 5.3,GPS/GLONASS
- 5000mAh (typical) battery with 15W fast charging, Qi wireless charging
The device ships with a free 3-month trial of Bullitt Satellite Messenger Essentials, offering up to 30 direct-to-satellite messages a month. After the trials are over, paid subscription starts at €5 a month, with other flexible and heavier usage plans also available.
The Cat S75 is now available for pre-order, priced at £549 or €599 (~ US$ 634/₹52,480). The company confirms that the device will be showcased at the MWC 2023 next week.