Xiaomi used live crabs and lobsters to test the toughness of its Mi 4 smartphone

Xiaomi used live crabs and lobsters to test the toughness of its Mi 4 smartphone
Xiaomi recently posted a video on Facebook showing how its Mi 4 smartphone passed an unusual toughness test.

The company used live crabs (a freshwater crab, and a Japanese blue crab), as well as a lobster against the Mi 4. As you may know, the Xiaomi Mi 4 is a well-made handset that's built around a stainless steel frame, so it's not surprising that crab and lobster claws can't damage it - as the video, embedded below, is showing. Sure, the lobster's claws are quite powerful, being capable of breaking glass, but we're talking about metal here after all.

Naturally, the video caused controversy, as some commentators pointed out that Xiaomi should not use animal testing (because that's what this is, after all) to promote its handset.

Regardless of the way Xiaomi chooses to show us how tough its device is, if you want to find out how well this performs as a smartphone, not as potential food for crabs and lobsters, you should check out our Mi 4 review here.

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Mi 4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3080 mAh



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

PA ,when are you reviewing xiaomi mi note???.....

2. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

This is considered a tough test? Lmao

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

More like a free ad on social media...

3. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

All this crab test is crap. Go drop the phone on concrete surfaces from some heights. Or better still, put the device on the road for an SUV's tires to run over. Galaxy S5 undertook the SUV test and survived. Only its camera lens got scratched. Xiaomi, go for real badass durability/tougghness test, not this childish circus show.

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Please don't talk about Samsung and durability in one sentence. It's confusing.

11. talon95

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

There it is in the same sentence again. I suppose some people are just easily confused. In my experience Moto is the toughest followed by Nokia and Sammy. At least they haven't had a bendgate.

21. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

someone's butthurt

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

try a mantis shrimp

5. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Lmao this is funny tho

6. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

lol! crab & shrimp? the testers are the greatest promoters of idiocy. haha! why not instead use a nail or a key? or better yet, a hammer. i bet these creatures could not even cut a thread!

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

( Video - 0:00 to 0:02 -> Crab: " leave me dude leave me, u muder fujer "

10. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Estupid test! Poor crabs...

12. Metropolis75

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

So Jameis Winston would not only walk out with the crabs, but with my phone in tow as well?

13. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014


14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

They made this video...in a pinch...

15. datagrab

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Yeah 'cause you never know when your phone will encounter a giant enemy crab. Drop tests are too mainstream now huh?

16. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

poor crabs :( Where the heck is peta now?

17. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014


18. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Animal tested?

19. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Animal abuse!!!

20. evilboy

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 28, 2014

What about nokia 3310

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Hahaha! Crabs to promote durabilty! Whats next, Mr Krabbs and Spongebob?

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