LG V20 Smartphone to Feature 32-Bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC

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If you enjoy listening to music on your smartphone, you should consider the LG V20 for your next mobile handset.

The South Korea-based electronics and telecommunications company shared details about its upcoming V20 flagship smartphone on August 11, saying it will be the world’s first handset to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio support.

32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC

So, what is 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and why is LG touting this feature? Basically, it’s a first-of-its-kind feature that enhances audio quality. According to LG, Hi-Fi Quad DAC improves video recording capabilities by reducing up to 50% of ambient (background) noise.

LG partnered with ESS Technology to bring this feature to its upcoming V20 smartphone. This isn’t the first time the two companies have joined forces, either. LG and ESS teamed up for the LG V10 — the V20‘s predecessor. The LG V10 also featured 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC, but it wasn’t “quad.” The upcoming LG V20 goes one step further by enhancing sound quality in even greater detail.

As explained by LG’s Juno Cho, more and more smartphone users are accessing media on their handsets. In an effort to keep up with this trend, LG has developed cutting-edge audio technology with its 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC.

Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications.

Android 7.0 Nougat

In addition to Hi-Fi Quad DAC, the upcoming LG V20 will also feature the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow less than a year ago. But there’s already talk of a successor on the way — and the LG V20 will likely run it.

According to TechRadar, Android 7.0 Nougat will feature splitscreen support, direct reply notifications, bundled notifications, and a quick settings menu. Additionally, it will feature an energy-saving that expands on its predecessor’s “Doze.” With this mode, users can limit background processes when their device’s display is off.

It’s unclear when LG will launch its V20 smartphone. However, the company is expected to present the handset at a Sept 6 event in San Francisco.