If you paid any attention to the brief influx of port-free phones from a couple of weeks ago, you'll remember that the designers had scrapped the speaker grilles for dumb aesthetic reasons. So those phones promised the phone's display would also act as a speaker, a feature that's also being put to slightly more mainstream use with the LG G8 ThinQ.
I say mainstream carefully, because LG isn't quite as popular as it used to be. That being said it's still a much bigger name than Meizu and Vivo round these parts, so this is a step forward. They difference is that Vivo and Meizu were able to isolate different parts of the screen to produce stereo audio output. The G8, on the other hand, still has a speaker port on the bottom of the phone to achieve that effect.
LG claims that the phone will also offer DTS:X 3D surround sound with necessarily needed earphones, MQA filetype support, alongside Hi-Fi Quad DAC to upscale audio files and ensure the best possible quality. It also has the same 'Boombox' feature as the G7, which uses the phone's interior as a resonance chamber to boost both bass and volume.
The only question is whether this will be enough to make people notice the G8. Phones in general have been pretty boring the past few years, and LG doesn't command the same brand loyalty as the likes of Apple or Samsung. It all depends on the pricing too, and leaks suggest it will cost somewhere in the £700 range. That's not exactly ideal, especially when you factor in competition from the cheaper Chinese brands. If you're going to skip the biggest names, you might as well save yourself some money in the process, right?
The LG G8 ThinQ is set to be unveiled properly on 24th February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. [Pocket Lint]