In this opportunity, we have two “beasts” at hand ready to fight: the CAT S61 vs Blackview BV9500 Pro. Both of them are all-proof. These smartphones have functional and endurable designs, useful features, high-capacity hardware and the latest Android software. The CAT company is mainly known for construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives; but since 2013 the Bullitt Group is manufacturing smartphones under the license of Caterpillar Inc. So, when you hear about a CAT smartphone the only thing that may come to your mind is a device solid and endurable as a brick.
On the other hand, we have the Chinese company Blackview. Founded in March 2013 by Xu Ming. The philosophy of this company is simple: “high-quality technology doesn’t need to cost a fortune”. Going through this comparison you will see that their philosophy is true.
CAT S61 vs Blackview BV9500 Pro: Design & Appearance
Let’s start with the CAT S61, this smartphone looks robust and solid like a brick on pictures. The phone has sharp edges, it is reinforced all around and the surface on the back is rough; this feature enables people wearing gloves to hold it firmly.
About the screen, it is fitted in a reinforced die-cast aluminum body. It has the IP68 certification and the military specification MIL Spec 810G; this makes the CAT S61 one of the toughest phones we can find today.
On the other hand, we have the Blackview bv9500 Pro. This one looks like a classic outdoor smartphone but sturdier than an average smartphone.
It is made of aviation-grade aluminum alloy and industrial rubber. It has two thick metal struts on the left and right side which make the cellphone very tough; the back is comfortable, offers a good grip and looks like it is made of metal. The Blackview bv9500 Pro also features IP68 certification.
Both smartphones are:
- Designed to resist falls up to 1.8 meters and blows
So if we talk about design and appearance, these smartphones are great for blue-collar workers or people with a profession where they have to get their hands dirty.
CAT S61 vs Blackview BV9500 Pro: Display
Regarding display, the Blackview bv9500 Pro takes the lead.
This smartphone features a 5.7-inch IPS screen with Full HD+ resolution (2,160 x 1,080 pixels); while the CAT S61 has a smaller screen and a little lower resolution, 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 resolution. The display cover of both smartphones is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.
CAT S61 vs Blackview BV9500 Pro: Software and Hardware
The CAT S61 runs Android Oreo 8.0 with an update to Android P while the Blackview bv9500 Pro comes with Android Oreo 8.1. Though it seems there will be no difference between both OS, but there is. The most outstanding feature of Android 8.1 is a new “Neural Networks API” (NNAPI), designed to execute machine learning operations on mobile devices. Android 8.1 also brings some small improvements over Android 8.0. In the new version brings there is the possibility to check the battery levels of our Bluetooth accessories, both through the quick Bluetooth setting and in the Bluetooth configuration of the Settings menu and there are some aesthetic modifications too.
The CAT S61 has a Qualcomm SD630 Octa Core 2.2GHz, 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM while the Blackview bv9500 Pro has a MediaTek P23 Octa Core 2.5GHz, 6GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
So here, we have another point for the Blackview bv9500 Pro which comes with the latest Android version, a little bit faster processor and more RAM capacity.
In this topic, the Blackview bv9500 Pro takes the lead, again. It is equipped a battery of 10,000 mAh that guarantee a range of 5 to 9 days of use; against the 4.500 mAh battery of the CAT S61 that provides only 35 hours of use (3G talk-time). Both smartphones have a wireless fast charging system that allows you to charge them in a short period of time.
CAT S61 vs Blackview BV9500 Pro: Camera
In the photographic section, the Blackview bv9500 Pro has a double rear camera of 16 megapixels that works together with the secondary of 0.3 megapixels, while in the front we find a sensor of 13 megapixels. We have to admit that the double rear camera is cool. More options when it comes to camera focus, better pictures in dark environments, high-quality zoomed pictures and more.
But the CAT S61, despite the 16MP rear camera and the 8MP front camera, has a thermal imaging camera integrated that works using a laser. And this is awesome! But, why do people need a laser on their smartphones? Remember that this phone is designed for a very specific group of customers: those who work at constructions or home inspectors. This thermal camera will be useful if you are a repairman trying to analyze a fuse box or a contractor checking for leaking pipes.
As mentioned before, both smartphones the Blackview bv9500 Pro and the CAT S61 have the IP68 certification, this means that both smartphones are waterproof. However, the CAT S61 can stand submerged for one hour up to 3 meters deep while the Blackview bv9500 Pro can only be immersed in water for 30 minutes up to 1.8 meters deep. So, this round goes to the CAT S61.
This section is only about the Blackview BV9500 Pro. If you pay attention to the picture above, you will see this smartphone has an antenna. But what does an antenna do in 2018? Again, it is all about the customer. The Blackview BV9500 Pro comes with a Walkie-Talkie mode that completely disconnects it from the need to have a telephone coverage to maintain communication. The usefulness of this function is self-explanatory.
CAT S61 vs Blackview BV9500 Pro: Price and availability
Finally, the issue that matters a lot when it comes to choosing. The CAT S61 can cost up to USD $1000 and the Blackview bv9500 Pro is around USD $300 – USD $400. This time, the Blackview bv9500 Pro is over the CAT S61, again.CAT S61 Buy it NOW!!