Smartphone maker LG has given an official look at some of the technology that will be included in its forthcoming G8 ThinQ, with a screen that doubles up as the main speaker for the device among the new innovations.

LG noted that as more people use their phones as their primary way of watching movies, playing games and listening to music, demand for devices capable of delivering high-quality audio is higher than ever.

However, traditional speakers alone may not be adequate for meeting these expectations, which is why the new G8 ThinQ will feature a Crystal Sound OLED (CSO), an innovative technology that turns the phone’s OLED display into an audio amplifier.

This works by repurposing the display into a diaphragm, with the entire surface vibrating to produce clear, loud sound. LG added its unique technology makes voices easier to make out, while subtle musical notes become more noticable.

The company stated: "By working closely with audio partner Meridian, LG again brings exceptional sound fidelity to the mobile experience, delivering fine-tuned audio quality that consumers have come to expect from the company’s premium handsets."

In speakerphone mode, this is backed up by impressive bass delivered through the bottom speaker. Full stereo performance is possible with a two-channel audio setup utilising both the traditional bottom speaker and the top part of the display.

Chang Ma, senior vice-president and head of product strategy at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said the G8 ThinQ will therefore showcase the firm's "commitment to driving smartphone audio to new heights".

He added: "By developing new technologies as well as working closely in partnership with the audio industry’s best partners, LG will continue to deliver the quality of sound that consumers demand and deserve."

Users will be able to see the CSO technology for themselves at this month's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, where the G8 ThinQ will be on display at the LG booth.

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