The Xiaomi Mi 5 is the latest and best smartphone from the Chinese company’s stable. Early reviews are overly positive, and a recent teardown revealed a well built device with easily replaceable parts. But as is becoming a trend these days, the new Xiaomi smartphone too has been put through a torture and bend test. So will it survive? The TL;DR version — no. Also Read - MIUI 13 design teased ahead of launch via latest MIUI File Manager updateAlso Read - Mi 11 Lite first look: A OnePlus Nord CE competitor, is it?
The folks at JerryRigEverything put the Xiaomi Mi 5 through a scratch, burn and bend tests, and let us tell you it is not for the faint hearted. Especially, if you already own a Mi 5 smartphone. It performed quite well in the scratch tests, thanks to the Gorilla Glass 3 protection at the front as well as the back. Even the fingerprint scanner-embedded home button and the camera lens are well protected and easily survived the scratch test. Also Read - Redmi Note 10 price in India hiked again: Check the new price here
The Mi 5 also survived the burn test with flying colors. While the display turned black at the point of contact, it soon recovered as if nothing had happened. So far, so good. Towards the end of the video, the Mi 5 was put through a bend test, where pressure was applied at the two ends of the device with the hands. Unfortunately, the Mi 5 broke apart as easily as a biscuit would (metaphorically speaking).
The device broke into two pieces just below the power button and the volume rocker. The reviewer noticed that Xiaomi has used only one frame to support the device, which could be the reason why it broke apart so easily. He also concludes that Xiaomi didn’t use strong enough aluminum, which is why it bent so easily.
Now failing a bend test shouldn’t take anything away from how impressive the Xiaomi Mi 5 really is. In real-life you will seldom put your phone through so much torture. This should instead be taken as a warning of sorts, and as the reviewer says, a phone case for added protection wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 went on sale in India earlier this month, with a price tag of Rs 24,999. It features a 5.15-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB internal memory.
It also features a 16-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording capabilities, four-axis OIS technology, 4-megapixel front-facing camera, 3,000mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner up front. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, IR Blaster, USB Type-C port and NFC, and on the software front, it runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 wrapped under MIUI 7.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 torture test video follows.