LG G8 could integrate Sound on Display technology before Samsung phones do the same

LG G8 could integrate Sound on Display technology before Samsung phones do the same
The screen bezels on the LG G8 are likely to be much thinner than these

It may have taken quite a bit more time than expected, but in-screen fingerprint scanners are slowly going mainstream for high-end Android smartphones. While they’re certainly not perfect yet, they’re cool, convenient, and they bring their crucial contribution to the eventual achievement of the all-screen handset dream.

Another groundbreaking technology aimed at eliminating smartphone bezels could take off this year, as both Samsung and LG reportedly have plans to showcase products with Sound on Display (SoD) capabilities in the near future.

A CES 2019 demo of an advanced Galaxy prototype with an SoD-supporting OLED screen was recently rumored, which is likely to be followed by the release of an LG G8 rocking similar Sound on Display tech, according to trusted serial leaker Steve H., aka @OnLeaks.

LG could actually beat Samsung to the commercial punch here, as the Galaxy S10 lineup is tipped to feature a conventional earpiece. If Steve H.’s sources are correct (and they’re rarely wrong), the LG G8 would no longer need to leave space at the top for a small physical speaker, using its actual screen instead to emit sound.

In turn, this could allow the company’s next flagship phone to sport a record-breaking screen-to-body ratio, even though we don’t currently know if LG wants to stay faithful to the notch or move to a hole-in-display design to house the selfie camera(s) of the G8.

It’s important to highlight Samsung and LG have been working on this Sound on Display feature for quite some time now, using vibration and bone conduction to deliver easily discernible audio with no need for a dedicated earpiece. The Vivo NEX pioneered this fledgling trend by implementing something called Screen SoundCasting, although the company primarily focused its marketing efforts on the experimental elevating front camera.

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  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(22h talk time)

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8 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's not like either one is the first to do so. There's no rush to be first when it was done a couple years ago.

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Apple will get it right, that’s for sure. Remember Samsung OLED, it was apple who made the best calibration.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6494; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Don't get your hopes up. Apple is yet to master their own system updates. And they can't even get daylight saving time figured out yet.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO You are so far up apples you know what that its funny to read your posts. You just keep thinking that, lol

5. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am not sure this tech will be that good no matter who does it. I just wonder how the sound will be.

8. Poptart2828

Posts: 323; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

The sound is great. Nice and clear from anywhere on the screen once you put your ear next to it. The Nex S does alot of tech no one has implemented over in the West.

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Who cares, it's a LG phone. Software support dead on arival.

7. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

Like they demoed it on an oled TV panel last year as an innovation but Sony did it already on all their oled tv's.. LoL

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