Packaging and accessories
The yellow and black, specifically decorated package contains an 18 W charger, a USB cable, some papers and a pin for opening the SIM/microSD tray.
Construction and screen
CAT S62 Pro is a rugged device, which translates into a more bulky structure and more weight. The phone is more massive (11.9 mm thick) and heavier (248 g) than modern smartphones, although some efforts were made to keep the line. There are no bright colours, protruding rubberized construction elements or a mass of unnecessary embossing, and the "strong" character of the device is emphasized by screws on the side edges and an area on the back panel with a rough finish, which guarantees a more secure grip. The device is a combination of plastic, aluminum and glass, which is solid but does not show its character excessively.
The screen has a diagonal of 5.7 inches and a resolution of Full HD+ (2160x1080 pixels), which gives a pixel density of 424 ppi. It gives good colors, supports a typical refresh rate (60 Hz), provides wide viewing angles and can be used in any orientation wearing glasses with polarization - the screen does not darken in either the horizontal or vertical orientation of the screen. The real downside, however, is the brightness level of the screen - you couldn't see much on the screen in the sun. Which is quite disappointing considering CAT S62 Pro is a device intended for outdoor use.
The screen is surrounded by powerful frames - the upper one has a selfie camera, sensors, a three-colour notification LED and a speaker for calls, the lower one remains devoid of any elements. The frames are so large that the screen takes up about 70% of the front panel. Modern smartphones fill more than 90% of the front with the screen, so the difference is significant. The smartphone can be operated with gloves as well as wet fingers. Let's add that the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 6, there is also a foil glued here.
The backs are made of rubberized material, which partially has a smooth finish, and partially has a rougher texture to ensure anti-slip properties. And in fact, the phone will not run on not completely flat surfaces, nor will it slip from your hand by accident. In the upper part, on a noticeable protrusion, there is a module with cameras - the upper one is a FLIR sensor, the lower one is a 12-megapixel photo camera. A little lower is a LED flash, which also works as a flashlight. Closer to the center of the rear panel, there is a round, deeply recessed fingerprint scanner that works accurately, but relatively slowly. What's more, it is the only biometric security - the smartphone does not offer facial recognition. There is also a discreet brand logo here.
On the edges of the device you will notice a stripe of aluminum, interrupted by antenna stripes and screws located in several places. It includes physical buttons as well as all holes and connectors. And so on the upper edge you can see the microphone hole for noise reduction, on the right side there are buttons for volume control and the on/off screen, and on the lower edge - the microphone hole, USB-C port (USB 2.0, OTG) and an external speaker. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack - a pity. In addition, I do not quite like the arrangement of the buttons - holding the phone in my right hand, I have a volume down button under my thumb, while there should be a key to unlock the screen. I thought that after a while I would get used to this solution - but no, the layout of the buttons annoyed me the whole time I used the phone. The upside is that all buttons are large and easy to use even with gloves.
There is the left side, on which the attention is drawn to the orange button, which we can program at our discretion - for the PTT, SOS functions, starting the flashlight or launching the selected application. In principle, you can program two actions - for a longer hold and a double click. The last element is slightly higher - a cover that hides the tray for SIM/microSD cards. Removing the cap does not require any pin or a similar tool, but removing the tray will unfortunately not be possible without it. The tray holds two SIM cards and a microSD card in a hybrid solution.