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Oppo's upcoming N3 to be made of aerospace grade metal, new cooling technology also rumored to be aboard

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Oppo's upcoming N3 to be made of aerospace grade metal, new cooling technology also rumored to be aboard
As Oppo is readying itself to announce a new flagship smartphone next month, the Oppo N3, the amount of rumors and speculations about the new device steadily grow in number. We already got treated to some contradicting photos and renders of the device, but today we have a set of new rumors that regard the very build material of the Oppo N3 and some curious under-the-hood technologies.

Oppo itself teased that its next flagship will be made of a mysterious "aerospace grade metal" material, which will allegedly strike a perfect balance between weight and overall sturdiness. However, a lot of different metals are used in the aerospace industry on a regular basis, so guesstimating a potential candidate for the Oppo N3 seems like an impossible task at this point. A lightweight, yet not-so-expensive alloy of some kind seems to be the best bet at the moment.

Oppo N3's alleged cooling system

Oppo N3's alleged cooling system

Additionally, certain rumors claim that Oppo is prepping a completely new cooling system for its upcoming N3. As per the speculations, the most heat-producing components of the device will be covered by a special material, which will do nothing else but conduct and take away the excessive heat. This seems like a welcome addition, which also hints us that the Oppo N3 will most probably be able to shoot 4K videos, as these are one of the heavier (and more heat-producing) tasks that nowadays' smartphones have to cope with.

source: Oppo (translated) via G4Games (1), (2

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posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:31

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


'Built for what may come'

wow

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 07:58 5

2. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


"Aerospace grade metal"

Titanium....?

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 12:32

13. sbfalex (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


there are loads of common aircraft grade metal in use already... 6000 & 2000 series aluminum alloy are abundant... this is pure marketing bullshi!... renaming something that has already been in use for a long time

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 14:13

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Hopefully, then it wont scratch straight away like soft aluminum does

But OEMs will probably say it costs them too much, even though it costs them $200-250 on the components of the phone, and then they sell for 3-5 times more

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:02 2

3. f35hunter (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


THAT is some kind of iNNovation !!!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:03

4. vladislavvaz (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 May 2014)


what if i tell you that oppo is including some serious alien stuff on tht phone so when aliens comes we have the right communicating devices? :P *we dont feel left out when the ufo's come with some high tech stuff.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:14

7. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Thats what she said

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:12 1

5. slh163 (Posts: 140; Member since: 19 May 2014)


yes that kind of metal that we need in a phone, the strongest one
not that weak aluminium that is very vulnerable to scratch and to bend
i mean what's the point of making a phone from a weak metal like aluminum if you have to covered with a case in order to protect him!! that is just stupid

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:56 2

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


If you think aluminum is weak, do not fly or drive a car.....nor go to the moon.

Space Grade materials rely HEAVILY on aluminum graded metals.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 12:46 1

14. sbfalex (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


aluminum can be super tough if heat treated to T6, the kind of toughness that has exceptional "rebounding" properties but poor dimensional stability (read: not suitable for the mobile industry) or by micro arc oxidation which can turn soft & malleable aluminum into heat treated steel hardness levels (htc one s & sensation back covers) but since the metal is electromagnetically induced the substrate affects cellular & wifi signals (anyone who've owned an htc one s or sensation will know what im talking about) so that's why htc abandoned this process... so you can claim u use aircraft grade metals but you definitely won't get aircraft grade toughness metals unless some compromises are done

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:13

6. Chuck007 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


If this turns out to be something truly innovative I'd clap my hands in rejoice. Finally someone creative from my fellow Chinese (yes I am from Hong Kong but whatever).

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 08:22

8. Bozzor (Posts: 182; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Aerospace grade titanium is too pricey: the metal itself is not that rare, but it's a real pain to work with and shape, especially for mass production. A better bet would be Duraluminum, or aircraft grade aluminium alloy. There are various grades, but 2048 may be the one they'll go for.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 09:00 1

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Titanium is not 'hard' to work with, only hard when you try to cast it. It can be milled rather easy with todays machines. A titanium aluminum alloy would be nice.

It is the grade they use in other things that cost is very high.

I wouldnt mind a Ti alloy, of a 'lesser' grade than say what is on the fan blades of a jet engine.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 09:24

11. killer7D (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


Titanium is not an option .. these guys are only making budget phones to be able to compete !!

No value added for the customer anyway !!

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 09:49 2

12. Takeharu (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


What the hell are you talking about? Oppo is know for producing some of the most high-end and best built phones on the market. The only budget phone they ever made (for the west that is) is the Oppo R819 which was really durable. Besides, they're not that affordable anyway, the Oppo Find 7 costs $600/€480 which is really expensive.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 14:08 1

15. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Oppo made the first 1080p phone, and the first cyanogen mod phone ...

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