The ceramic Xiaomi Mi 5 survives torture test against a key, saw, file and even a drill
posted by Ben R. / Mar 28, 2016, 3:25 PM
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.
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They were using plastic tools right? lol drill proof, yeah right.
posted on Mar 28, 2016, 3:33 PM 2
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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 Mar 28, 2016, 4:01 PM 2
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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 Mar 28, 2016, 7:06 PM 2
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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 Mar 28, 2016, 3:47 PM 0
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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 Mar 28, 2016, 4:35 PM 6
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Curved Back you say ?http://phonesdata.com/files/mo
posted on Mar 28, 2016, 4:38 PM 3
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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 Mar 28, 2016, 4:55 PM 2
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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/phon
posted on Mar 29, 2016, 10:34 AM 0
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