The LG G8 ThinQ smartphone, due to be launched on February 24, will vibrate its display to boost sound quality, the company has said.
A press release published today, February 14, announces the technology, called Crystal Sound OLED. LG has previous uses this technology on displays produced for Sony televisions back in 2017, which used the same vibration trick to improve their sound quality.
As they get ever slimmer, both televisions and smartphones offer very little space for speakers to work properly. Because their bodies are compact, there isn't much space for speakers to push air around, which creates sound.
LG sought to address this last year with the G7 ThinQ, which uses a technology called BoomBox to use the entire interior of the phone as a resonance chamber, boosting bass when placed on a flat surface like a table. BoomBox returns for the G8 ThinQ, and is joined by Crystal Sound OLED (CSO).
The G8 ThinQ still has a regular speaker at the bottom of the screen, which can work alongside the vibrating display to offer stereo sound. The technology was developed along with audio company Meridian.
LG said: "Developed in-house by LG, CSO repurposes the OLED display as a diaphragm, vibrating the entire surface to produce sound with impressive volume...CSO also improves clarity, making voices easier to discern and subtle musical notes more noticeable."
Renders claimed to be of the LG G8 were published to Twitter by Evan Blass, the prolific and often accurate smartphone leaker, earlier this week. The images show an edge-to-edge display, multiple cameras on the front and back, and a fingerprint reader on the rear.
LG itself has also revealed the G8 has a time-of-flight sensor on its front camera, which can be used for facial recognition - similar to how Face ID works on Apple's iPhone X series.
Other audio features of the LG G8 include 'DTS:X 3D Surround Sound', which aims to mimic the performance of a 7.1 home cinema system, with or without headphones. There's also Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which up-scaled audio files to improve clarity and depth of sound.
LG will fully reveal the G8 ThinQ at a media event in Barcelona on February 24, and the company will also be attending Mobile World Congress, the annual smartphone show which kicks off in the same city the following day.
GearBrain will be attending the LG launch and MWC itself, so stay tuned for all of the news and our hands-on first impressions of the G8 and more.
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