LG says the V20 will be the first smartphone to feature a 32-bit Quad HiFi DAC

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We are still a few weeks away from seeing LG unveil its latest flagship, the V20, at an event in San Francisco on September 6th, but little by little, details are about the handset are appearing. Today’s little nugget comes directly from LG, telling us that the V20 will be the first smartphone sporting a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter).

Just as with last year’s V10 that sported great audio, LG has partnered up with ESS for the upcoming V20, with the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC being an integral part of the V20’s ‘cutting-edge multimedia features‘. To get the most out of DAC, the user will have to use wired headphones as opposed to the phones built-in speaker, although it is quite likely that the V20 will sport modular add-ons, much like this year’s G5.

Juno Cho, the president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company, said that users were beginning to looking for handsets with more than just a large display and a fast processor, while the CEO of ESS Technology, Robert Blair, had this to say about the upcoming V20:

“As a technology more typically available in high-end audio equipment, Quad DAC on the V20 will make users feel as if they are carrying around a professional home-audio system on their smartphone.”

While we usually find such snippets about upcoming handsets leaked by unofficial sources, it’s often a different case with LG, who seems to prefer letting the odd detail slip on its own terms in the run up to launching a new phone. What do you think about the V20 being the first smartphone to sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC? Will it make a difference when you decide on your next upgrade?

Full Press Release: 

LG V20, WORLD’S FIRST SMARTPHONE WITH QUAD DAC FOR BEST IN CLASS AUDIO

LG and ESS Technology Collaborate to Deliver One-of-a-Kind Audio Experience

SEOUL, Aug. 11, 2016 — LG Electronics (LG) announced that its forthcoming flagship smartphone, LG V20, will be the first smartphone in the industry to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) capabilities, bringing a superior audio experience to mobile for the very first time.

A Quad DAC delivers a crisp and clear sound that comes closest to a live performance when using compatible wired headphones. The sound is superior to that produced by a traditional DAC as it can reduce up to 50 percent of ambient noise levels. Videos taken with the V20 are accompanied by a soundtrack that can capture the roaring sound of waves crashing on a beach or conversations among two individuals at a noisy party.

LG worked closely with ESS Technology, a leader in high-performance analog and audio devices, to ensure that the Quad DAC, delivered the best audio experience for owners of the LG V20. The Quad DAC is the lynchpin of the many cutting-edge multimedia features included in the LG V20. ESS Technology previously provided its 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC in the V10, LG V20’s predecessor.

“As smartphones mature, we’re seeing more and more customers looking beyond just fast processors and big displays in their devices,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. “Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience. We’re pleased to continue this long-term partnership with ESS and bring best in class audio to LG V20 users.”

“We are extremely excited that our Quad DAC technology will be featured in the V20, LG’s latest flagship smartphone for consumers who demand the best media experience,” said Robert Blair, president and chief executive officer of ESS Technology. “As a technology more typically available in high-end audio equipment, Quad DAC on the V20 will make users feel as if they are carrying around a professional home-audio system on their smartphone.”


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).