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Bend Test Proves That The Xiaomi Mi 5 Is Easy To Break

April 21, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is the latest and greatest this company has to offer. The Mi 5 was introduced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, along the likes of Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG G5. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a somewhat different approach by Xiaomi, this is the first Xiaomi-branded device to sport a physical home key, and it borrows some design cues from the company’s Mi Note (Pro) phablet.

That being said, the Xiaomi Mi 5 teardown has surfaced a while back, and now we have something else to share with you. The Mi 5 has been submitted to a torture test by JerryRigEverything, a YouTube user you’re probably quite familiar with. This very same YouTube channel released various other torture tests, including the Galaxy S7, LG G5, Nexus 6P, etc. That being said, the Mi 5 has been submitted to a number of tests during the video you can check out down below. The first test performed on the phone is the scratch test, and the phone did fairly well, like many other currently available flagships. The Gorilla Glass 3 protection is implemented on both the front and the back of the phone, which certainly helps, and the camera lens is also well-protected. In addition to all this, there’s glass on top of the home button as well, which is a good thing.

The second test performed is the burn test, and the Mi 5 did really well in this aspect too. The pixels turned black after fire came in touch with the display, but they recovered shortly after, and the phone performed fine afterwards. Now, the Mi 5 failed in the last test, the bend test. The Mi 5 broke in half really quick, and barely fought back. The device broke at its weakest point, at the bottom part of the power / lock key. Now, once the source opened up the device, he noticed that there’s only one frame used here, Xiaomi did not use a second frame in order to make the phone more rigid, and it seems like they didn’t use the premium aluminum like some other manufacturers, the phone was extremely easy to break it seems. Now, this might be a red flag for some of you, but if you’re taking care of your smartphone this really shouldn’t bother you too much, but it is certainly something to keep in mind.

Xiaomi Mi 5 – $382