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Xiaomi Mi 5 Reportedly Explodes in China

by Habeeb Onawole 14

July was a great month for Xiaomi, it saw them launch their very first PC, the Mi Notebook Air, and a new phone, the Redmi Pro. But these positive news have been marred by negative ones. The first one was of a Xiaomi Mi 4i catching fire while charging. Today we got to hear that a Xiaomi Mi 5 exploded as well.


While Xiaomi has sent the Mi 4i user a replacement unit they have not released any official details with respect to their findings.

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The owner of the Mi 5 that exploded has uploaded pictures of the phone on Weibo showing a peeled off back but an undamaged front. There is also no mention of injuries sustained during the explosion, which is good news by the way. We believe Xiaomi has already been notified of the incident and will probably provide a replacement unit as well.

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While we wait for them to announce the results of the investigations, we should be careful when charging our devices and adhere to the following rules:

  • Avoid charging your devices in hot areas as the temperature of the phone usually rises when charging. If the charging area is also hot, that’s risky.
  • Keep charging areas free of liquids.
  • Use certified chargers from trusted brands.

Exploding phones are not new occurrences but they can be deadly and cause a lot of damage if not properly managed. Other companies that have suffered similar issues include Samsung (S3 and S4) and HTC.

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  • Ionut Johnny

    These articles are for no brainer guys. I forgot my redmi note 3 pro charging for like 24 hours and nothing happened, I even used other chargers, from meizu, samsung etc. Still no problems.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      you mean people KILLED their phones on purpose ?!
      why ??

      also , was your battery affected in RN3 pro ??? i hear there’s lots of glitches , lags and battery lifespan shortage if you charge you smartphone battery BEYOND 3-4 hours!!!

      • Ionut Johnny

        O problems with mine and I have an outdated international rom and everything works fine.

        • Muhammad Yasir


      • balcobomber25

        Or they already had a damaged phone through some fault of their own, saw a news store that Xiaomi gave the Mi4i owner a free replacement, so they set it on fire hoping they will get a new Mi5 for free.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          wtf man … that’s screwed up ~!

          • balcobomber25

            People in this world are sick. This guys phone could have really blown up but I am suspect of it.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            hmm.. indeed

            and good reason to be … people are mean af

    • balcobomber25

      I actually used a cheap charger I bought in a market in China and it did blow up and catch fire while plugged in. The phone was fine but the charger and about 1/2 of the cable were charred. I was sitting down watching a movie and I heard a loud pop and smelt burning plastic. So it certainly can happen,but I am very skeptical of the above.

      • Ionut Johnny

        Yeah but to explode is an entire thing different.

  • Steve B

    So that’s a few phones out of (how many?) millions Xiaomi have sold.

  • Ricardo Alonso

    0,000000000000000000000000000000000000001% defective phones of each model, that’s good!

  • balcobomber25

    Phones explode all the time but I want to see those pictures in more detail, I am very suspect of this especially since it supposedly happened just days after Xiaomi gave someone a free replacement for an exploded phone.

  • bojan radovanovic

    Well, even though i can understand fact that mi4i is easy to overheat in varm environment, because itself is always too hot… I must say it’s not just xiaomi…
    My Nokia N8 was of charger in a drow, not used for more then a month, and it’s battery has been swelled and destroyed the phone…and i am living in Norway, where temperature is never higher then 20 degrees (C)…
    So basically, it’s up to battery…and it seems like Xiaomi has been using wrong ones, when it’s all ready made that much problems.. Not just at this exploding devices, but also their battery life is more then funny compared with other brands with similar capacity.