While there are those who thrive on watching phone drop tests, others — including this author — tend to squirm whenever one of these videos surface. Whether for this reason or another, Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi decided to test the toughness of its Mi 4 smartphone in a unique way: by letting crabs and lobsters go to town on it.
More specifically, Xiaomi used a freshwater crab, a Japanese blue crab, and a lobster. Of course, a lobster’s claws are pretty powerful — They’re even capable of breaking glass. Even so, it’s not a surprise the Mi 4 survived, given the metal frame around the device and the general sturdiness of the handset.
As you can imagine, the video caused quite a stir with some commenters. They pointed out that Xiaomi should not use animal testing to promote the Mi 4. However, it’s certainly a unique approach to test how tough your phone is.
The Mi 4 launched back in July 2014, equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, and a 13-megapixel camera. Much like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, though, its main draw is its relatively low, unlocked price.
Maybe, for a sequel, Xiaomi will let sharks take a bite out of its Mi Note and Mi Note Pro?