The Oppo N3 will have a stainless steel version as well, lithium-aluminum one confirmed again

The Oppo N3 will have a stainless steel version as well, lithium-aluminum one confirmed again
Oppo has been teasing us about its upcoming N1 successor, the Oppo N3, quite often over the past week or so, gradually revealing more and more details about the smartphone in question. At this point, we know for sure that the N3 will be made of a extra-lightweight lithium-aluminum alloy, which is also used in the aerospace industry, and will have some sort of swiveling camera aboard, similar to N1's take on the matter. We also heard that a new type of cooling technology might make a debut alongside Oppo's upcoming handset.

Oppo did not miss the opportunity  to spill the beans about the N3 today as well. It was revealed that the device will come in two variations. One of them will be made of the already mentioned lithium-aluminum alloy, which will pave the way for a light device, whereas the other one will rely on rigid stainless steel for extra durability of the device at the expense of lightness. At this point, we don't know if the two versions of the N3 will differ in any other aspect than build material.

The hardware specs sheet of the Oppo N3 is still shrouded in mystery, but we bet that Oppo won't fail to deliver in this segment. The device will be announced sometime in October, so the wait will be over pretty soon.


source: Oppo via GSMDome

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12 Comments

1. magnum44 unregistered

 Look, I will only buy it if it is made of metal from the hull of the TITANIC

8. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Then it wont be waterproof.

2. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

steel looks better than aluminium(i used to love those steel ipod touches).

3. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Looking promising so far keep up the good work!

4. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Its "aluminum-lithium alloy" not "lithium-aluminum alloy". Word order makes a big difference when describing alloys.

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Aluminum is already rather soft but lithium is super soft! Does this type of ionic bond have some strange strength? I didn't bother to read the article.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It's due to the slip planes and dislocations in the metal's crystal structure To damage aluminum you have to cause a plane of aluminum atoms to "slip" past another plane of aluminum atoms, or cause a dislocation to move Lithium is a much smaller atom than aluminum So when you replace some aluminum atoms with lithium atoms the crystal lattice get distorted The distortion and lithium atoms make it harder for the planes to slip past each other and make it harder for dislocations to move https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium-lithium_alloy

11. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Alright, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! That makes it easier to understand by magnetudes.

6. p51d007

Posts: 702; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

And a week later, the "startup" OnePlus, will release the Oneplus Two, which will oddly look almost like the N3...any bets?

7. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

"Stainless Steel application: Apple Campus 2"????? hey man...

9. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Hoping the metals dont interfere with radio frequencies Hope they finally implement a working heat sink with the metal or *gasp* a fan system

12. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

God damn physics everywhere.

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