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Oppo N3 reportedly made from “aerospace grade metal”, probably aluminum

According to a new teaser from Oppo, the N3 will feature "aerospace grade metal", though it is likely some form of aluminum alloy as opposed to something more exotic.
September 23, 2014
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Oppo is no stranger to the slow tease method when it comes to releasing new products, slowly giving us tiny bits of information leading up to the big unveil. We’ve seen it with the Oppo N1, the Find 7 and now we are starting to see it with the upcoming N3 as well.

The first teaser arrived early last week, and shortly after this we also saw the first leaked images of the devices, showing off what appears to be a phone with a metal build of some sort. Now a new teaser from Oppo has hit Weibo with the tag-line “Built for what may come” and the description also mentions the handset will be made of “aerospace grade metal” that is said to strike a “great balance between lightweight and resilience”.


This material could be just about anything, as there’s quite a few materials that can qualify as aerospace grade including nickel steel, stainless steel, titanium and even certain grades of aluminum. If we had to take a guess, aluminum is the most likely candidate because it’s lightweight and will keep the costs from getting too out of hand.

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Alleged leaked image of the Oppo N3.

That’s all the teaser reveals, though previous hints and leaks have revealed that the handset has a dramatically different look from its predecessor, though it still offers a swiveling camera that acts as both the front and rear shooter — this time presented in a cylindrical form. The Oppo N3 is expected to be announced sometime in October, and we’ll be sure to bring you more details as they arrive.