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Caterpillar to launch Android tough phone

Exclusive: A rugged handset to rival the JCB Toughphone will be announced next week

Caterpillar is working on a tough Android smartphone to rival the likes of JCB’s Toughphone and the Motorola/JCB limited edition Defy+, Stuff can exclusively reveal. The Caterpillar-branded handset is set to drop next week, most likely at the CeBit 2012 trade show in Hanover, Germany according to our manufacturer’s consultant source.

Specs and photos of the Caterpillar Android phone are still under wraps, but expect rugged features like dustproof and shatterproof capabilities together with a mid-range processor and maybe a camera.

A garish colour scheme is probably also on the cards for Caterpillar – although JCB’s already snapped up the yellow and black look. Chances are it won’t look anything like our mock-up above but either way, keep your eyes peeled for more details of your next manly-man phone from the construction and mining giants.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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