Lithium build for Oppo N3 sounds like nirvana for phone buyers

Lithium build for Oppo N3 sounds like nirvana for phone buyers
The latest teaser posted on Weibo by Oppo for its upcoming Oppo N3, hints at a lithium build for the device. The teaser shows initials from the periodic table, with the Oppo N3 product name written in a style that will make you immediately think of Breaking Bad. The image does have a caption, which says "[The lightest metal elements into Oppo N3] Do you know what the world’s lightest metal element is?"

The world's lightest element is lithium (Li). According to one description of it, Lithium is "highly reactive and flammable" which doesn't really make it sound like the best stuff to make a phone out of. And in response to one Weibo poster's comment stating that Oppo would never make a phone out of Lithium, the manufacturer retorts, "don't be so sure of it".

To get around the least desirable properties of lithium, Oppo could be using an alloy for the N3. After all, the last thing smartphone buyers want is a phone that can bend in their front pocket. To be sure, a phone made with the material is sure to be light, something that might please a number of power users who feel like they are lifting weights every time they make or take a call.

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source: Oppo via GforGames



11. ncallan

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

The worlds lightest element is lithium? Hydrogen and helium might disagree ;)

10. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Aluminum-Lithium alloys would make sense. They aren't new, the last version of the Space Shuttle's external tank used them. Currently, Alcoa is pushing them and Boeing and Airbus are planning planes around them. Not only are they lighter than aluminum but they are stromger and resist deformation when put in a pocket. The downside is they are more expensive which does cut into iProfits.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Buyers of Oppo may need to take lithium after buying one of their lame phones.

5. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I don't care for super lightweight. I want some BULK to my device so I'm not afraid I might break it! Battery life is the #1 thing for me, which is why I switched to a Mate2 about 2 months ago. 2-3 days on one charge is NICE! My old note1 wouldn't make it through 1/2 day of use even with a new battery! It was on and off the charger so much, I had to replace the usb port 3 times in almost 28 months of use!

8. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The N1 is currently 16th place, with 8 hours and 6 minutes of battery life.

4. Sonar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

How about Aluminium Lithium alloy? Every 1% by weight of lithium added to aluminium reduces the density of the resulting alloy by 3% and increases the stiffness by 5% (from Wikipedia).

2. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Most ridiculous rumor ever. In the picture, the phone shaped device has Al (aluminum) on it. They are referring to lightweight aluminum alloys, not Lithium. jeez. PA digging for clickbait again.

3. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

PA is better than Verge.. Everything in Verge is sensational, and every phone released is the best ever.

6. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

You are right, the first thing I saw was the big "AL" in the picture...

1. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

what is n3 specs ?

7. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

They haven't been leaked yet, but probably 5.9 inch, ultra-sensitive, 2K, IPS screen, Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM, Rotating 16MP camera, 3500+ mAH battery, no official IPxx, no stereo speakers, thin sides but thick top and bottom bezels.

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