The Redmi Note 3 is one of Xiaomi’s bestsellers. Launched only last November, it was made even more powerful with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor when a new variant was released in January. We know any Xiaomi phone is reliable but we haven’t really seen any hard-core durability tests with it as the main subject. Most stress tests feature the latest iPhone, Galaxy S, or Xperia Z phones.


This time, watch how the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 fares in an ultimate glass test.

Well, it’s not a stress test done by a third-party geek but by Xiaomi execs Hugo Barra and Jai Mani. The two employed the Vickers hardness test method to check if the Redmi Note 3 would survive. This test includes the glass being scratched by a diamond. It serves as an indenter and it looks like a right pyramid with a square base. The indenter is pressed in the glass screen of the phone in a certain angle and with a maximum load of 100 kgf (kilogram force). That’s the standard but Barra and Mani explained that the Diamond Pyramid Hardness (DPH) is anything between 649 – 670 kgf/mm2. The numbers differ every time because the glass display screens used were from different suppliers but it’s already good enough.

To give you an idea, the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 rated DPH of 596 kgf/mm2 on a Vickers Hardness Test. This means the glass display is almost scratchless although we know it’s not perfect.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Scratch Test

The smartphone has been scratched by a dart, pair of scissors, coin, and keys. It was also rolled over by a hoverboard and a dumbbell was dropped on to the screen. The result? No scratch and the phone still works.

xiaomi redmi note 3 test

The ultimate test had the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 run over by a vehicle with Jai driving and Hugo just chilling in the passenger seat:

xiaomi redmi note 3 test hugo barra jai mani

Video was actually interesting and funny but still nerve-wracking even if we knew the results would be positive. Still can’t take watching a gadget being run over by a car…

SOURCE: Xiaomi India