LG Stylus 2 First Smartphone to Support DAB+

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World’s First Smartphone with Digital Audio Broadcasting  Delivers Crisp, Clear Digital Radio for Free

LG today unveiled the world’s first smartphone to feature DAB+, the de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting at Radiodays Europe 2016 in Paris, the world’s largest radio conference.

Consumers in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom will be the first to receive the LG Stylus 2 with DAB+.

The phone features a 5.7-inch 1280 x 720 display, quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera and a 3,000mAh battery. With its pointer, the Stylus 2 is a Galaxy Note competitor and comes with smart features like to get the most out of it. Pen Pop, for example, is a neat shortcut menu that houses Pop Memo and Pop Scanner apps, while Pen Keeper alerts you if it believes you’ve walked off with your phone but left the stylus behind.

LG Stylus 2 First Smartphone to Support DAB+

As the world’s first smartphone with DAB+, the LG Stylus 2 features a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app that allows customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. A technical interface also enables broadcasters to develop their own tailored apps in which internet services complement broadcasted radio.

Users will be able to access more radio channels with DAB+ than traditional FM. Unlike regular radio apps that stream large amounts of data, DAB+ radio provides excellent audio quality for free, as it uses no data.

While DAB encodes broadcasts in MPEG2 (or MP2), DAB+ uses aacPlus, which offers increased quality at small bitrates. The standards use the same transmitters, making it easy for companies to support both (and eventually phase DAB out). That means more high-quality broadcasts, but it will also allow stations to include radio playback alongside other online services inside their own apps.

DAB+ is expected to replace FM analog radio and already reaches over 500 million people in 40 countries around the world. LG collaborated with the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) to include DAB+ technology in the new LG Stylus 2.

“We are taking a proactive approach towards the fast-paced technological shift to digital broadcasting with DAB+ to deliver a new paradigm of experiences through the smartphone,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

“With its large 5.7-inch screen, 1 watt speaker and 3,000mAh removable battery, the LG Stylus 2 is the perfect device to enjoy rich, multimedia content.”

Gunnar Garfors, president of IDAG said,

“We are proud to help introduce a game-changing smartphone with an innovative company like LG. The combination of broadcasting and the internet opens up a vast array of possibilities for the future,”

“Consumers get new functionalities and media companies reach new audiences with more broadcasted free-to-air radio.”

LG Stylus 2 DAB Specifications

  • 5.7-inch display with 1,280×720-pixel resolution
  • 155mm by 79.6mm by 7.4mm and 145g (6.1 by 3.1 by 0.3 inches and 5.1 ounces)
  • 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor
  • Rear 13-megapixel camera, 8MP on front
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with microSD
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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