Oppo is well known for their quality devices, and particularly phones where we are concerned. Last year’s Oppo N1 was the first in a new and interesting series of phones that features a camera that can swivel around 207-degrees to give you, as a photographer, even more interesting angles than you might have been able to pull off without being able to see the screen all the time. Now a year later it looks like Oppo is readying the successor to the N1, and curiously they are calling it the N3 instead of the N2. This isn’t unprecedented in the mobile world, and it’s not quite as extreme as Huawei who went from the Ascend Mate 2 to the Ascend Mate 7.
As with any device before it comes out we’ve seen a number of leaks about specs, design and other aspects of the phone, but today we’re most curious with the design. We had some weird renders of the phone come through about 2 weeks ago, and last week we had another render that came through looking much more like the Oppo N1 dressed in a metal housing, which seemed like a considerably more realistic design. Now Oppo is not only confirming that the metal housing is true, they are talking about giving users the option to pick between not just two colors, but two different metal options too.
Teased in a Facebook post on Oppo Malaysia’s page, the Oppo N3 will come in a lighter Stainless Steel body, or a darker metal Aluminum Lithium Alloy. Both of these designs are covered in really interesting holes which provide for structural reinforcement by not giving the metal housing an easy point to bend at. This is particularly important because the original Oppo N1 was a 5.9-inch device, which puts it in the physical size range of the iPhone 6 Plus, just with nearly a half inch bigger screen. No telling on price for either of these two, or if they’ll be the same since they are different materials after all, but we’ll know soon enough as Oppo’s October announcement event in just a few weeks.