The LG G6 is nearing its expected debut at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, and the Korean company now seems to have begun teasing some of the features prospective customers can expect from the upcoming flagship phone. According to a recent official press release, LG Electronics will equip the upcoming LG G6 with a new upgraded Quad DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) supplied by ESS, similar (or identical) to the DAC that allowed the LG V20 to earn a spot in the hearts of audiophiles last year.
Although LG Electronics didn’t mention the exact specifications of the new DAC, the chip seems to be either an upgraded version of the 32-bit ESS SABRE 9218 Quad DAC used in the LG V20, or the exact same DAC as the one employed by the aforementioned smartphone model. In any case, not unlike the DAC found under the LG V20's hood, the chip at hand offers the ability to control the volume of right and left channels separately. As a device designed to convert digital sound signals into analog audio signals, the chipset actually implements four DACs on a single chip for improved performance, and as a result, it promises a 50% noise reduction, as well as a distortion rate of lower than 0.0002%. Last but not least, the press release mentions that the DAC takes advantage of a widened path for transmitting sound signals, allowing the processing of large, high-quality audio files without interruption.
Every year, LG Electronics tends to differentiate its flagship smartphones from the competition by offering new and improved or unique features (for example modularity). In the past, one of the company’s main focuses regarding its “G” flagship series was the improvement of mobile photography, which resulted in the implementation of laser autofocus modules and sensors backed by Optical Image Stabilizers (OIS). However, with the LG V10 and LG V20, the company seems to have taken a greater interest than before in delivering premium audio quality to customers, and it appears that LG now intends to use this expertise in the creation of the LG G6. The smartphone in question is expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017, and based on previous information it’s likely that it will carry a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 System-on-Chip.