LG’s Stylus 2 Phablet Is First Smartphone In The World To Feature DAB+
Because of the popularity of mobile video streaming services (Verizon Wireless’ Go90, T-Mobile’s Binge On), it is sometimes easy to forget that certain phone makers still decide to equip their smartphone products with support for FM radio, especially for their devices that they are targeting to be released in emerging mobile markets. But why, you may ask? Having FM radio support actually can save data, and moreover, listening to audio through FM radio generally does not consume battery power as quickly as listening to audio streamed via the web.
One of these phone makers who are going for FM radio support on one of its devices is South Korean tech giant LG who has just announced that its LG Stylus 2 is now the first smartphone in the whole world to feature DAB+ radio support. The company has actually already unveiled the LG Stylus 2 last month, but is now highlighting the fact that the phablet has something never before seen in any contemporary smartphone offering.
To be clear about it, the DAB+ standard is nothing new. If you are based in the United States, you may not be familiar with this standard because American broadcasters typically make use of the HD Radio standard. As for DAB+ (and DAB -- more on this later), it is mostly adopted in European countries. This is a big reason why LG is looking to release its LG Stylus 2 with DAB+ support in European markets such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, and even in Australia.
The DAB+ standard comes with a few advantages over the DAB standard. For instance, DAB normally encodes broadcast signals in MPEG2 (or MP2). DAB+, on the other hand, delivers better broadcast quality at small bit rates due to the fact that it makes use of aacPlus. For companies supporting both standards (or transitioning from DAB to DAB+), the process is made easier because the two standards use the same transmitters. This also allows for clearer broadcasts, at the same time, letting stations include radio playback together with other online services within the environment of their own mobile apps.
And as for the LG Stylus 2, it is a sort of a follow up to the G4 Stylus device launched by LG back in May of last year. The LG Stylus 2 possesses a 5.7 inch display screen, flanked with a 13 megapixel camera on the rear side as well as an 8 megapixel camera on the front side. Hardware specifications wise, the LG Stylus 2 is fitted with a 1.2 GigaHertz octa core chip set that is supported by 1.5 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 16 gigabytes of built in storage.
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