LG G8 ThinQ's OLED Display to Double Up as a Speaker

LG G8 ThinQ's OLED Display to Double Up as a Speaker

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LG G8 ThinQ set to launch at MWC 2019LG G8 ThinQ set to launch at MWC 2019

Highlights
  • LG G8 ThinQ's screen will be used as an audio amplifier
  • The smartphone uses CSO tech, previously used in LG TVs
  • LG has partnered with Meridian for the audio tech on the G8 ThinQ

LG is set to introduce its G8 ThinQ smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 later this month, and the recent leaks suggest that the phone will sport a display notch, a dual real camera setup, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a glossy back panel finish. Now, the company has confirmed that the LG G8 ThinQ will pack Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) technology that utilises the phone's OLED display as an audio amplifier.

LG says that CSO repurposes the OLED display as a diaphragm, vibrating the entire surface to produce sound, eliminating the need to place your ear on a receiver. However, during the speakerphone mode, the audio is delivered through the bottom speaker. The CSO had only been used in LG TVs so far, but it is now trickling down to the smartphones as well. The company claims that CSO takes advantage of the entire display, improving clarity and making voices easier to discern and subtle musical notes more noticeable. Additionally, LG noted that the LG G8 ThinQ will be able to produce 2-channel audio by using the bottom speaker and the top part of the display. LG has partnered with Meridien for audio tech on the smartphone.

Ahead of the launch, LG has also confirmed that the G8 ThinQ will support DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA). It will also pack Boombox Speaker for enhanced audio experience, like its predecessor.

Renders of the LG G8 ThinQ have leaked on several occasions, and the phone is largely expected to sport a dual rear camera setup, a fingerprint scanner at the back, glossy back panel finishes in different colours, and wide notch up front.

The specifications include ToF (Time-of-Flight) technology-backed front camera for more accurate 3D facial recognition and better depth estimation for bokeh effects, a 3,400mAh battery, and a 6.1-inch display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is said to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. The LG G8 ThinQ will allegedly be priced at CAD 1,199.99 (roughly Rs. 64,300) for the 128GB variant. As we reported earlier, LG will be unveiling the G8 ThinQ on February 24 in Barcelona on the sidelines of MWC 2019.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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