LG’S latest entry, the G8 ThinQ smartphone will feature an OLED screen as a speaker. The company continues to drop more news on the phone’s audio capabilities. The model will use the same “Crystal Sound OLED” branding which LG has previously used on some of its TVs.
LG had collaborated with cooperated with UK-based Meridian Audio — which had designed Range Rover’s 3D Surround Sound System — for the sound system of the new smartphone.
Users can expect the entire display to vibrate in order to work as a speaker. The announcement also confirms that the G8 will be the first flagship G-series model to not use an LCD.
A bottom-facing speaker is still present for louder use cases such as speakerphone calls and this can even be paired with the top part of the screen for 2-channel stereo sound. Furthermore, the signature quad DAC from the brand’s recent flagship phones makes a return as well indicating that there will be a headphone jack along with the “Boombox Speaker” functionality.
Like its predecessor, the G8 ThinQ will have DTS:X that can emulate a 7.1 channel sound, but where the G7 ThinQ only provided support for earphones, the new phone will also offer it on the bottom speaker.
LG has already confirmed that the G8 will have a front-facing 3D camera with a time-of-flight sensor, while rumors suggest there could be an optional second screen accessory. The phone will be announced again/in full ahead of Mobile World Congress later this month.