New Cat smartphone gets antibacterial coating

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The Bullitt Group will release the Cat S42 H+ smartphone this Wednesday. What is special about this rugged smartphone is that it will have a variant with a special layer that almost completely prevents the growth of bacteria. There will also be a feature phone with this layer.

The antibacterial layer is based on antibacterial silver ion technology from Biomaster. This technology is ISO 22196-certified and has been proven to inhibit bacterial growth by 80 percent within 15 minutes of application and by 99.9 percent after 24 hours. The coating is firmly applied and stays in place even when the phone is thoroughly cleaned.

Specifications

The Cat S42 H+ is equipped with a Mediatek Helio A20 MT 6761D quadcore-soc, 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage, expandable with a memory card. The screen is a 5.5″ HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Bullitt claims the screen is optimised for outdoor use and the touchscreen can cope with wet fingers or gloves. There is also a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The battery has a capacity of 4200 mAh and the device runs Android 10 as standard. An update to Android 11 is planned for this autumn.

Rugged body

As usual with Cat phones, the S42 H+ is solidly built. The casing is designed to offer plenty of grip and to withstand a bump if the user still manages to drop the device. The device is IP69 certified and is further equipped with a programmable button that can be used for Push to Talk, as an SOS button or as a shortcut to the torch or camera.

Antibacterial feature phone

Bullitt has also announced the Cat B40. This is a simpler feature phone that also features the antibacterial coating. It has 4G support, a 2-megapixel camera and a built-in torch.

Availability

The Cat S42 H+ will be released on Wednesday, April 28 for a suggested retail price of 269 euros. The Cat B40 4G will be released in mid-May for 79.90 euros.

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