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

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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Mi 5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

3. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5699; Member since: Feb 10, 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

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Metal is better.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5699; Member since: Feb 10, 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

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes that is what I meant.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

7. Emzie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 28, 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!

8. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

9. Emzie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 28, 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

22. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 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:

23. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 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".

4. qrado

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

But what about dusts, do it resists?

10. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

14. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 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.

15. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yeah right.

19. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

How durable is the camera lens though?

20. frank4tech

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

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

21. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Not bad

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