LG has announced a new smartphone, but this particular offering is something a little different. The LG Stylus 2 has mid-range specs, although the device is partially focussed on radio – an area that is not traditionally seen as central to new smartphones.
A chip has been included in the LG Stylus 2 which allows the device to receive DAB radio broadcasts, with support for the news DAB+ standard too. In Norway and the UK, the smartphone will also come with Radioplayer pre-installed, offering a hybrid method of playing radio stations.
The LG Stylus 2’s DAB chip scans for available stations in the background and is used by Radioplayer for playing broadcasts.
When a DAB signal is detected, Radioplayer will use it to play a station. But the app’s hybrid system means that when a signal isn’t available, or when listening to a DAB station in an area where the signal becomes weak, Radioplayer is automatically able to switch to the phone’s data capabilities and stream the broadcast.
Testing of Radioplayer’s hybrid system has found that it uses five times less battery power when utilising a DAB signal compared to streaming a station via 4G. The LG Stylus 2 may therefore offer some serious battery life improvements for keen radio listeners.
The LG Stylus 2 features a 720 x 1280 5.7-inch display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, microSD slot with support for cards up to 128 GB, 13 megapixel main camera, 8 MP rear-facing camera, 3000 mAh battery, 1 watt speaker, 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.