LG G8 Likely to Come with Sound on Display Feature; Samsung To Showcase the Technology at CES 2019


Recently, a Korean tech publication, ET News, reported that Samsung might showcase the Sound on Display technology at the CES 2019 event. When the news broke out, everyone firmly believed that Samsung would be the first manufacturer to showcase Sound on Display technology, as there was no news of any other brand even developing such a tech. It was also believed that Samsung would be the first manufacturer to bring the Sound on Display technology to masses considering it will be the first brand to have developed and showcased the prototype technology. However, there is a new report now, which says otherwise.

According to a tweet from a reputed leakster, OnLeaks, LG might incorporate Sound on Display technology in its upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG G8, which is bound to launch at the MWC 2019 event. Chances are, the LG G8 will launch before any device from Samsung to feature this technology. OnLeaks did not mention if the Sound on Display technology that LG will use is the brand’s self-developed technology, or if LG is sourcing it from any other brand. Either way, it looks like though Samsung will be the first brand to showcase the technology, LG will be the first brand to launch a smartphone with Sound on Display feature. There have been reports suggesting that the upcoming Galaxy S10 might feature Sound on Display technology. However, it seems very unlikely because so far there is no concrete news, rumor, or even a leak from any reputed leakster confirming the same.

What is Sound on Display Technology?

As the name suggests, in Sound on Display technology, the sound will resonate from the screen, thus, eliminating the need for a separate speaker/earpiece. This will pave the way for a notch-free screen. Samsung, at the Samsung OLED Forum Conference, revealed that its Sound on Display technology will make use of screen vibration and bone conduction to resonate sound from the screen. I believe, if LG G8 features Sound on Display technology, it will be similar to that of Samsung; it will use screen vibration and bone conduction too. Speaking of the LG G8, the device has not leaked much so far. However, the rumor mill suggests the following specifications for the upcoming LG G8.

LG G8 Expected Specifications

The LG G8 is expected to carry over the IP68 and the MIL-STD 810G rating from its predecessor. As mentioned above, the smartphone might feature Sound on Display screen. Although there is no information yet on display type, size, and resolution, I believe the display will make use of IPS LCD technology, and it will have Full HD resolution. You can expect the display to have a nearly bezel-less design and a notch at the top for the camera. Speaking of the camera, there is no information on rear camera setup either. However, it is believed that there will be a triple camera setup on the back, similar to that of the LG V40, but with new camera sensors.

Coming to its processing power, the LG G8 will most probably have Snapdragon 855 processor. The RAM and storage will be similar to what other flagship smartphones are offering. We guess that the base variant will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the top-end variant might feature 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. LG is known for packing its flagship smartphones with a small battery. As much as I would like the LG G8 to have a large battery, I think LG will continue with a sub 3000mAh battery pack. On the software side, the device will most probably come with Android 9 Pie operating system with LG’s proprietary UI customization.