While we already knew that the Xiaomi Mi 5 is a rather sturdy smartphone, a recent report from China suggests that this 5.15-inch flagship is even more durable than suspected. According to Kevin Wang, a well-known industry analyst who often comments on developments in the phone industry, his brother's life was recently saved by the Xiaomi Mi 5.
Wang's brother is a police officer who allegedly used the said phone to block an incoming knife attack. While the Chinese industry analyst didn't share any other details of this incident, he did post some pictures of the device in question on Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform. As you can see in the gallery below, these images suggest that the knife was stuck in the back of the device which got bent in the process. However, no other damages can be seen in the pictures and the screen of the phone isn't even cracked. Interestingly enough, the said Xiaomi Mi 5 is still perfectly functional, at least according to Wang's post on Weibo. Unfortunately, there's currently no way to verify this story, so definitely take it with a grain of salt. However, given the fact that Wang is a well-known individual in the industry, his word certainly holds more weight than a post from a random user on Chinese social media would.
While original equipment manufacturers certainly don't advertise their Android smartphones as makeshift alternatives to body armor, this news is still bound to bring some good publicity to Xiaomi and its flagship which debuted earlier this year. In the meantime, the Beijing-based phone maker also debuted the Mi 5S and the Mi 5S Plus, revised versions of the said phone. Furthermore, if latest reports are to be believed, Xiaomi is also close to launching the Mi 5C, a somewhat cheaper revision of the Mi 5.
Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time we've heard of a phone saving its owner's life. In fact, just a few months ago, another report from South Africa claimed that the Huawei P8 Lite actually stopped a bullet when his owner got shot by a pair of robbers. Not that long ago, similar reports about the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Nokia Lumia 520 also emerged online.