LG puts the focus on audio with the G7 ThinQ

LG puts the focus on audio with the G7 ThinQ
In a time where manufacturers are abandoning the headphone jack, LG has just announced several new features to appear in the upcoming G7 ThinQ. LG has been known for including quad-DACs in its phones. Those who love high-end headphones and audiophiles are always very appreciative of this feature. It is clear that a majority of music today comes from the smartphone. We power Bluetooth speakers with them at parties, we connect headphones to them at the gym and we connect to our vehicle's sound system when driving. LG recognizes this and is placing the focus on one of the things that move us, and that thing is audio. 

What are the new features? 

The first is something the company is calling Boombox Speaker. The speaker is said to increase the sound level by more than 6dB. It will also double the bass produced by the device. The company has placed the new speaker inside the phone and have developed a way to use the extra space inside as a resonance chamber. If you have ever seen an orchestra perform in an amphitheatre, you have an idea of how purpose-built spaces can amplify sound. Before sound systems, this is how classical music was amplified to a large audience. In any case, this design allows a user to have quality sound from their handset, rather than using an external speaker. The feature really shines when the device is placed on a box or other surface. when placed on a surface, it acts as a woofer which further amplifies the sound. We have seen speakers designed to work this way before, but LG is bringing it to its mobile device. Doing work around the house, or having a small, impromptu get-together? You may find yourself appreciating the Boombox Speaker. 

The second feature is DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. DTS launched in 2016 and was aimed at re-creating 3D sound for surround sound systems. They initially focused on the 7.1 systems, but also developed ways to create this sound using regular systems that include just two speakers and a subwoofer. DTS also became capable of creating a similar experience, using just headphones. So while you may find this tech elsewhere, you wont find it in a smartphone. DTS will create an immersive, 3D surround sound-style audio experience through your headphones for both music and movies. This may just be the best reason to keep a 3.5mm headphone jack around. 

The DAC lives on...

Yes, LG has kept on with the tradition and included a Hi-Fi Quad DAC in the G7 ThinQ. For those who love audio, the company says the DAC has four digital to analog audio converters and lowers total harmonic distortion to just 0.0002 percent. This will create better accuracy in sound. Finally, LG notes that the G7 will support MQA format, which keeps sound quality high but takes up less space. 

LG has really upped the ante on audio with the G7 ThinQ. The question is, how do you feel about it? Will you appreciate the extra features and attention to detail LG has put forward when it comes to sound? The second speaker on the Galaxy S9 was a big hit for a lot of users, so how about this? Let us know! 

source: LG

image credit: evleaks

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  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h talk time)




Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Good on you LG!. If only there was no notch :( ........

3. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This all sounds good but are they going to bring it to all regions? Like when they put their hifi quad audio dac only in phones for the Asian market last year.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Half planet got quad-DAC, another half got wireless charging, and only korean got both..

17. mootu

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And Europe got neither. Plus they gave us the highest price for having the non of these features. Probably why LG only sold about 3 phones here.

18. mootu

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And Europe got neither. Plus they gave us the highest price for having the non of these features. Probably why LG only sold about 3 phones here.

20. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

India got both too

34. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I think LG is making excuses for having a notch AND a lower end chin/bezel. To justify using that ugly design and extra space, in the era of no bezels.

40. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Europe got none ! In france G6 had no wireless nor quad DAC !!

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's not the worse looking notch, it certainly isn't the iPhone X.

2. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Well dang. It's definitely not a looker, but the features are looking great.

4. Texman82

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

Notches don't bother me (Essential phone owner) If the price is good, and as mentioned above, the audio features available in the US, I am interested.

5. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

I would anticipate from some of the language used that these features will be included on US devices. Looks like it will be hard to avoid notches this year lol.

6. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

I would anticipate from some of the language used that these features will be included on US devices. Looks like it will be hard to avoid notches this year lol.

7. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

"Looks like it will be hard to avoid notches this year lol" Very sad but true. Otherwise, this is shaping up to be a killer phone. Makes me even more excited to see what they bring with the V40 this year.

9. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sadly notch will be around often. Dont forget guys to remove 2 points from review score because of the notch. Design becomes ugly and cheap.

37. DFranch

Posts: 534; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

At least the notch can be hidden via software. It doesn't bother me to much it it can be hidden.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You own the essential phone? My condolences

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Isnt this what U11 already does? LG still forget that rear and bottom bottom speakers are bad placed. It is much better when sound goes right to you. Through you..

12. Sparkxster

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Glad to see LG continues to focus on quality audio. Make sure it comes to all "regions" LG not to a select few. G7 is very appealing right now :-)

13. Voodooman

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 20, 2017

I bought the G6 exactly for its quad DAC and since then I never looked back. The G6 combined with a strong headset is unbeatable. If everything goes well, G7 will be my next phone, when time comes.

14. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Good on LG for finding something to differentiate themselves with from the rest of the android crowd. If they manage to fix their update situation like they are claiming, they will have a real winner in their hand.

15. deleon629

Posts: 451; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

They did: Used a better screen than the Google pixel 2 and ducked equal criticism. It was enough to make the v30 a solid contender, yet I think they're gonna shoot themselves in the foot this time around if they don't allow their devices to share the same coveted features.

19. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Audio is probably on the last place in consumer needs regarding smartphones. So if that large empty resonance chamber means a small battery, then LG wasted yet another year.

22. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

probably the most important comment on here.

29. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That depends so incredibly heavily on who the consumer is, as i definitely don't have audio near the bottom of my list. I would much rather get rid of other "features" that some companies has spent their time and money on developing, as that time and money could have been spent on audio instead.

31. yalokiy

Posts: 961; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Totally agree! What most people prefer is great camera and battery life, but overall number of features and quality shouldn't be below average too.

38. rowlin

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Apple and Samsung have both improved their phones speakers and audio quality, so you don't know what you are talking about.

21. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Want no notch? V35 will be released early summer/late may or V40 September/October

23. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

While you are making improvements LG...here are few more you should consider. 1. Stock android UI. Get rid of your custom skin. 2. If you want notch then use oled display. 3. Notch should be no bigger than one in essential phone.

24. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

stock is ugly thats why I prefer Samsung n LG

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