Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything is known for his durability tests and tears, so it’s not surprising to hear that he has an overview of trying to look up Xiaomi phones. The mentioned record brings up the obvious trends: cheaper phones are not as durable as those towards the middle to high-end. So how will Mi 1

1 fare? Not too bad, for the sake of brevity.

For the heat we make from these new phones, the industrial design has not changed fundamentally over the years, nor has Nelson’s research. You can take a look at the video above or scroll down to see the conclusions if you do not have time.

  • The phone, in its TrimsGlass variants, is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and a frosted glass panel held together with a metal chassis. The rear cameras are protected with clear glass, probably more Victus.
  • As with almost all other types of glass, the display glass scratches around level 6 of the Mohs mineral hardness scale. Do not rub sand on it.
  • Nelson put his lighter flame on the OLED screen for a full 20 seconds before pulling it back. At that time, the burned diodes managed to recover somewhat, but have obviously been damaged beyond being able to return to normal.
  • For the bending test, the phone creaked a bit, but if there was any damage, it was certainly not visible.

The money gap in build quality seems to be in replicating this “premium” look of budget devices leading to some structural compromises. It makes us miss smarter polycarbonate designs like the one on the Pocophone F1, a Xiaomi brand.