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New LG G8 ThinQ Turns Screen Into Speaker

Following the unveiling of a 3D Face ID camera, LG has announced new audio details for its upcoming G8 ThinQ smartphone, set to launch officially at MWC 2019.

The LG G8 ThinQ will feature LG’s own Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) technology which turns the phone’s OLED display into an audio amplifier.

CSO repurposes the OLED display as a “diaphragm” by vibrating the entire surface of the device while the user is watching a movie on Netflix, playing a game, or streaming music.

LG promises the CSO used in conjunction with the bottom bass speaker will also improve clarity in speakerphone calls, and music for “full-bodied stereo performance”.

In addition to CSO, the G8 ThinQ will feature DTS:X 3D Surround Sound which they claim will emulate a 7.1-channel system with or without earphones.

It will also have Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) support for high-quality audio streaming, and a Boombox Speaker which re-purposes the internal space of the phone as a “resonance chamber” to generate more bass and volume.

“Our commitment to driving smartphone audio to new heights is on clear display in LG G8 ThinQ,” states 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 partners, LG will continue to deliver the quality of sound that consumers demand and deserve.”

Prominent technology tipster Evan Blass also tweeted out renders of the G8 ThinQ, showing the device from all angles with dual rear cameras.

LG will be revealing the device officially at MWC in Barcelona on February 25-28.

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