Use of lithium-aluminum alloy confirmed for Oppo N3

On Wednesday, we showed you a periodic table-styled teaser from Oppo, hinting that a lithium-clad Oppo N3 could be in the works. On Thursday, the manufacturer admitted that it is true. While a new teaser shows a lighter than air N3 chassis floating away with the help of helium balloons, Oppo said that the N3 will use a lithium-aluminum alloy to make the phone both light and tough.

If Oppo CEO Chenming Yong is correct, this alloy could offer light weight and strength at the same time. The executive says that the lithium-aluminum alloy would have one third the density of stainless steel, but would contain all of the latter's muscle.

Oppo's use of this alloy will be an industry first. While the material is aerospace grade, in the current environment we're sure that the manufacturer will be throwing a bend test into the exercises it puts its phones through to measure durability. If the Oppo N3 holds up using the lithium-aluminum alloy, you probably will see more phone builders rushing to use the alloy over the next year.

source: Oppo, Weibo via GforGames

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12 Comments

1. latinlegend

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Now if they just made houses out of this material I could finally live my "up" movie dream.

2. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

True innovation. Well done Oppo. Apple are you watching this??

3. android_hitman unregistered

iCopy is watching this ..

4. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

But will it bend?

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It'' blend, not bend.

8. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

You've probably been under a rock.... He meant bend.

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I understood the joke, but I think you didn't. I meant to say..... Lithium-aluminum alloy of Oppo N3 will blend (harmonize) and will not bend like iPhone 6/6+.

9. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

He is out of galaxy

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It'll* typo

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Affordable metal phone > overpriced plastic sh!t

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Will it be fireproof?

12. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Will it bend?

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