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The ceramic Xiaomi Mi 5 survives torture test against a key, saw, file and even a drill

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The ceramic Xiaomi Mi 5 survives torture test against a key, saw, file and even a drill
Premium build quality is among the primary points of consideration for any smartphone buyer, especially those partial to a flagship device. When paying big bucks for one of the market's premier handsets, it's only natural to expect exemplary craftsmanship, with glass and or metal-clad finishes generally seen as acceptable. Right now, though, ceramic is very much in vogue, and the higher-end edition of the forthcoming Xiaomi Mi 5 rewards those willing to pay extra with a sleek, robust ceramic finish. Having been put to the sword in a stress test, the Mi 5's material can apparently hold its own against torrent of abuse -- the kind of which would usually cause severe, if not fatal damage.

Whilst recent rumors have suggested that Apple might utilize a ceramic finish with a future iPhone, Xiaomi is already on the case, having announced the Mi 5 back at Mobile World Congress last month. Though two versions of the handset opt for the more traditional metal-glass combo, the third, higher-cost model sports more RAM, considerably more real estate and a ceramic finish. 

It all sounds well and good, but is this fanciful new finish worthy of the fanfare? In a word, yes. YouTuber Alex Wang put the Mi 5 through a rigorous, humor-filled test involving numerous shed and garage-based tools. After making a substantial effort to damage the device, the ceramic would not budge, and after the use of a file, saw and a key, emerged unscathed. 

Many of these videos tend to have an encore, at which point, the viewer accepts that the device will be killed off. When a handheld drill is extracted towards the end of this clip, it seems certain that the Mi 5 is to be left with a nice, clean hole through its innards. But nay, even against a spinning drill bit, the Mi 5's ceramic finish held its own. 

The Mi 5 looks a great smartphone at a very low price, though as we mentioned the other day when pre-orders commenced, international buyers will have to pay quite a hefty premium compared with those in Xiaomi's native China. Still, with this ceramic model maxing out at $535 for a Snapdragon 820, quad-HD-res handset packing 4 gigs of RAM, it's still a bargain at a time when rivals like Samsung are charging $800 for the Galaxy S7 edge.

source: GizmoChina

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posted on 28 Mar 2016, 15:33 2

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

They were using plastic tools right? lol drill proof, yeah right.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:01 2

3. xocomaox (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)

There are other drills that can go through ceramic. Different bits for different applications. We shouldn't be too surprised by this video, unless you are new to ceramic hardness.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:26 1

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

I'm not surprised and I know there are different drill bits for various materials. Still this video is BS I don't care if they were using a wood or metal bit it would still leave a mark.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 19:06 2

13. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

The video is probably real, like xocomaox there's nothing surprising here
Usually, in terms of hardness
Ceramics > metal

If the metal drill bit isn't hard enough it won't leave a mark

Just like a key won't leave a mark on tempered glass since it's not hard enough

But ceramics can crack and shatter
Metals dont crack and shatter

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 20:28

16. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Metal is better.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 21:08 2

17. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Not in terms of hardness

But personally, I'd prefer metal too
Since I reckon shattering/cracking is worse than scratches
Also since metal is better in terms of themerals

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:07

18. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Yes that is what I meant.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 15:47

2. PhoneCritic (Posts: 923; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I just have such mixed feelings about this device. Don't get me wrong it is a great device and "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" The candy bar style is a given but the sloping back is a Definite Samsung design element from the Note 5 to the S7 & S7 Edge. This just reminds me of a Samsung device which is strange I am so use to all these Chinese oems all blatantly making there devices as close to an Apple clone as possible yet here it seems that they are all now just Blatantly making their designs as close to the Samsung device as possible. I guess we will never see this officially release in the states or outside of it.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:35 6

7. Emzie (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)

Actually the Mi5 takes its design clues from the Mi Note / Mi Note Pro which came out before all the samsung phones you just mentioned. I would actually say samsung copied xiaomi for the curved back panels which may sound a little funny!

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:38 3

8. Danini1112 (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)

Curved Back you say ?http://phonesdata.com/files/models/Samsung-Galaxy-Ace-S5830-531.jpg Hahahaha

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:55 2

9. Emzie (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)

I actually own the Ace but its curved back is not the traditional curve of the Mi Note it nearly looks like the back of of the Mi4 which i also own and by the way both Ace and Mi4 have plastic backs that form a rectangular middle while the Note has a glass hollow kind of middle back same with the mentioned samsung phones Note5 s7

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 10:34

22. Techist (Posts: 281; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)

Yes, it does sound funny, considering that the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 was announced in January 2011 and released shortly thereafter as compared to the Xiaomi Mi 4 which was announced in July 2014:http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Ace_id5145/photos?image=27012

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 07:17

23. EcoCare (Posts: 443; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)

That's different. All cheap thick phones usually have those "curves", it's more like bulge rather than curves. This one is only double sided and "intentional".

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 16:05

4. qrado (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)

But what about dusts, do it resists?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:35 1

10. Takeharu (Posts: 262; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

He clearly didn't put a lot of pressure on the drill cause esle it would've cracked with ease.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 18:43

12. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Dunno, it seems like he isn't putting pressure on the tools at all, but it is hard to judge, but it is only a good thing if cheaper phones become more durable, so good if it is true.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 19:21

14. T-Dizzle (Posts: 144; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)

Hugo, we need this in the US bro, what's the hold up. No trolls, I don't need your they will get sued ignorance, thanks.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 19:49

15. insanity99 (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

Yeah right.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:47

19. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

How durable is the camera lens though?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:38

20. frank4tech (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)

Are you phonearena guys sure that this expensive ceramic model is having quad hd resolution

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 07:46

21. shy2papa (Posts: 336; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

Not bad

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