The Oppo N3 will have a stainless steel version as well, lithium-aluminum one confirmed again
posted by Peter K. / Sep 26, 2014, 9:06 AM
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.
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Its "aluminum-lithium alloy" not "lithium-aluminum alloy". Word order makes a big difference when describing alloys.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 9:21 AM 5
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 9:28 AM 0
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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/
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 6:16 PM 0
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