LG has plans to showcase its new G8 ThinQ smartphone at Mobile World Congres 2019 in Barcelona, which features Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) technology that uses the phone's OLED display as an audio amplifier.
Developed in-house by LG, CSO repurposes the OLED display as a speaker, vibrating the entire surface to produce sound that LG says has "impressive volume and range." Since LG's technology takes advantage of the entire display, CSO also reportedly improves clarity, making voices easier to discern and subtle musical notes more noticeable.
In speakerphone mode, audio is delivered with impressive bass through the bottom speaker. Full-bodied stereo performance is possible with a 2-channel setup, sending audio out of the bottom speaker and through the top third of the display.
Working closely with audio partner Meridian, the phone also features DTS:X 3D Surround Sound to emulate a 7.1-channel system with or without earphones, a first for LG. A 32-Bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC can up-sample most audio files for increased clarity and depth. Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) support is also included for high-quality audio streaming. Boombox Speaker, meanwhile, takes advantage of the internal space of the phone as a resonance chamber to generate amazing bass and more volume.
"Our commitment to driving smartphone audio to new heights is on clear display in LG G8 ThinQ," says Chang Ma, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "By developing new technologies as well as working closely in partnership with the audio industry's best, LG will continue to deliver the quality of sound that consumers demand and deserve."
The LG ThinQ G8 smartphone will be available through select Canadian carriers this Spring.