LG’s V50 is the company’s first 5G smartphone, announced this week at the MWC tech show in Barcelona. And in an attempt to satisfy those who desire a foldable-like experience, the phone can support a detachable second screen. But really, the V50 is for those who care about audio quality.
The V50 is one of the few phones on the market to sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad-DAC, piping through the cleanest possible audio to your connected headphones or speakers. It’s not something that the mainstream crowd will care about but it will turn the heads of audiophiles who are tired of carrying their external DACs around with their existing smartphone.
For those times when you don’t have headphones or an external speaker with you, LG has come up with a clever feature called ‘Boombox’, which essentially uses the entire body of the phone as a resonance chamber, resulting in better bass and a louder overall sound when placed on a solid surface like a table. Playing music, you can actually feel the back of the phone vibrate. While it isn’t loud enough to replace the need for a dedicated Bluetooth speaker, the V50 was noticeably louder than my Huawei Mate20 Pro and iPhone XS Max.
LG is also continuing its support for DTS-X on its smartphones, which attempts to widen the sound field by creating a virtual virtual surround sound effect over the onboard stereo speakers or headphones.