Oppo Confirms That N3 Will Have A Lithium-Aluminum Build, An Industry Premiere

A new day is upon us, and once again the Oppo N3 is headlining. The Chinese manufacturer has been quite generous in releasing teasers this week, and as some of you might know, the most “controversial” bit of the puzzle was the most recent one, where Oppo hinted that the N3 will be built using lithium.

Of course, lithium has certain properties that can be found in all the other alkali metal, meaning that it can be extremely flammable. As such, people have been skeptical in regards to this idea, but now Oppo has just made it official: the Oppo N3 will indeed be built out of a lithium-aluminum alloy. Check out the full story right after the break.


Oppo Confirms It: N3 To Be Built Out Of Lithium-Aluminum

Earlier today Oppo shared a new image on its Weibo account (above), depicting the Oppo N3′s chassis being lifted by several balloons – a strong indication that the smartphone will be extremely light. Along with the picture came a text description confirming that the device will indeed be built out of a special lithium-aluminum alloy, which will make it tougher and lighter.

Oppo’s CEO Chenming Yong followed up with more information on his official Weibo account, where he wrote that lithium-aluminum (which is the aerospace grade metal mentioned by Oppo) has one third the density of stainless steel, yet it manages to have comparable strength with the aforementioned material.

It’s also interesting to note that in terms of design, the smartphone showcased in the teaser image above resembles the one that was seen in a previously leaked set of renders. Although they are not identical, I guess it’s now safe to rule out the possibility that the Oppo N3 will employ an unusual form factor, as hinted by other alleged leaked renders.

So there you have it people. The Oppo N3 will be built using a lithium-aluminum alloy, which is an aerospace grade material and also an industry premiere. Needless to say, we’re beginning to wonder how the N3 would perform in the already-famous “bend test”.