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