LG has introduced a new variant of the recently launched Stylus 2 and it is being touted as the world’s first smartphone to feature DAB+ for digital radio broadcasting. The device was showcased at Radiodays radio conference at Europe 2016 in Paris. LG has collaborated with the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) to include DAB+ technology in this new variant of the Stylus 2.
The Stylus 2 with DAB+ features a DAB+ chipset and comes with an exclusive app that will let the users enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. This technology is expected to replace FM analog radio and is said to already have a reach of over 500 million people in about 40 countries around the world.
“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,” said LG.
LG Stylus 2 Specifications
The LG Stylus 2 features a 5.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS in-cell touch display. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. It has 1.5 GB of LPDDR3 RAM (2 GB RAM in Korean version) and comes with 16 GB of internal memory which is expandable via microSD card. It runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box.
It is equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash. On the front, there is a 8 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. It comes with a body of 7.4 mm thickness, that is wrapped around by a metal frame and it weighs just 145 grams.
On the connectivity front, the Stylus 2 has 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and NFC (optional). It packs in a 3,000 mAh removable battery under the hood.
The new LG Stylus 2 with DAB+ will begin rolling out in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and UK first. There is no information on the pricing yet.
Commenting on this new Stylus 2 with DAB+, Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said:
“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. 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.”