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LG G8 to get OLED display, will double as a speaker as rumored

The LG G8 will feature both an OLED panel and new display tech that converts the display into a speaker. (Source: LG)
The LG G8 will feature both an OLED panel and new display tech that converts the display into a speaker. (Source: LG)
LG has officially revealed that its next-gen G8 ThinQ will be the first G Series phone to feature an OLED panel. Not only that, but as rumored, the G8 display will also double as a speaker transferring similar technology previously seen in some TVs to the smartphone space.
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As has been LG’s want in recent times, it has started the official trickle of information leading up to the launch of its 2019 LG G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone at MWC. The Korean company has officially revealed that the G8 will be the first G Series phone to feature an OLED panel that will also actually double as speaker to deliver audio. LG is calling the technology Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) and has developed it completely in house.

According to LG, CSO repurposes the OLED display as a diaphragm so that it vibrates the entire surface to create sound. As it uses the entire surface of the display, LG claims that its produces surprisingly loud sound with excellent clarity. When in speakerphone mode, bass is played through a bottom firing speaker. Surprisingly, the phone is still capable of delivering stereo sound with the bottom speaker combining with the top part of the display. LG also worked with high-end audio maker Meridian to help tune the whole set up.

As with previous LG phones, where audio technology has been a highlight, the G8 also produces DTS:X 3D virtual 7.1 surround sound with or without earphones -- this is a first for LG. Also on board is LG’s signature Hi-Fi Quad DAC while it has also baked in Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) support for hi-res audio streaming. Also continuing with the G8 is the same Boombox Speaker tech that uses the phone as a resonance chamber. 

It’s certainly intriguing stuff, but the only shame is that its design is so similar to the G7 ThinQ that wasn’t especially well-received thanks to its me-too notch look. But will the new cutting-edge audio tech be enough to rekindle interest in LG’s attempt to create a hit smartphone?

"Leaked" LG G8 ThinQ renders courtesy of Evan Blass. (@Evleaks)
"Leaked" LG G8 ThinQ renders courtesy of Evan Blass. (@Evleaks)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1258 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-02-14 (Update: 2019-02-14)