LG G8 ThinQ could be the audiohile’s ultimate smartphone

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by Sam Kieldsen

about 8 months ago

LG G8 ThinQ could be the audiohile’s ultimate smartphone

LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ smartphone is shaping up to be the ultimate handset for audiophiles, with the company this week revealing a truckload of intriguing sonic-related features – including a vibrating OLED screen.

The G8 ThinQ will be the first phone to come with LG’s Crystal Sound OLED (CSO for short) technology, which transforms the screen into a vibrating speaker. With the entire surface acting as a diaphragm, CSO reportedly delivers both impressive volume and enhanced clarity; it can even act in tandem with the phone’s dedicated bottom-firing speaker to produce proper stereo sound.

This dual-purpose display isn’t the only audio aspect of the G8 ThinQ worth noting, however. 

It will also come with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC and 3.5mm headphone jack allowing it to output high-quality sound; a Boombox Speaker function that produces a more bass-heavy sound when the phone is placed on a hard flat surface; MQA lossless streaming support (that’ll reportedly be available even to those who don’t have unlimited data plans); and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, which aims to create a 7.1-channel effect with or without headphones.

The LG G8 ThinQ will be officially launched on 24th February at an event preceding Mobile World Congress, where the company will reveal details about other features and specifications. But in terms of audio, at least, it looks set to stand out even among high-end rival flagship models from Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Sony. 

Stay tuned for updates.

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Having been covering consumer tech since phones were dumb and TVs weren’t flat, few things in the gadget world still have the power to surprise Sam – which is why he loves writing about those few things that do. Originally a Londoner transplanted to New York, he’s now returned to the English coast.

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