LG Stylus 2 is the first phone to support DAB+ radio

by: Rob TriggsMarch 14, 2016
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The LG Stylus 2 was originally announced ahead of this year’s MWC but the handset seems to have picked up a new feature since then, at least in European and Australian markets. The smartphone is the first to include DAB+ radio support in these regions, as a data friendly alternative to streaming audio from the web.

This version of the LG Stylus 2 features a dedicated DAB+ chipset and an additional app that allows customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. The app offers station recommendations and has an improved discovery engine. DAB and DAB+ radio signals are common in Europe and can also be found in Australia. Other regions have adopted different standards, such as HD Radio in the US, so this particular model won’t go on sale in other countries.

DAB+ offers some advantages over regular DAB and its MPEG2 encoding. It makes use of aacPlus, which offers increased audio quality at small bit-rates. The two standards also make use of the same hardware, so the LG Stylus 2 will work with both formats wherever they are available.

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The DAB+ version of the LG Stylus 2 otherwise retains identical hardware to that which was announced back in February. There’s still a 5.7-inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera, a 3,000mAh battery, and it comes complete with a stylus.

Consumers in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom will be the first to receive the LG Stylus 2 with DAB+ radio support.

  • Santosh

    Seriously? 720p in 2016?

    • Walter Conley

      Yeah? 1. Still considered “HD”, and 2. Far less of a drain on battery life.

      • Pascal Julian Kilian

        Except 3 Ah battery is small compared to the screen size though :-/ could be bigger

        • Walter Conley

          Ummm… you’d imagine that the smaller the battery, the more beneficial it would be to have a lower-res screen.

    • TheNash

      Normally I would agree that 720p is only acceptable on phones with 5″ screens or less… But looking at the other specs, this looks very much like a budget device so anything goes, I guess

  • nikolas ostropolskiy

    Wow so the barriers of originality are just completely gone, huh? You take the roundness away from the galaxy note 5 menu away, and boom! LG has themselves and og idea right there. What a joke. Why note just innovate you lazzies!

    • Walter Conley

      Oh, quit it. The Note wasn’t the first phone to have a stylus.

      • nikolas ostropolskiy

        I didn’t mention a single thing about the stylus. Believe me I had a palm pilot once… I’m talking about the software. The way the pop-up menu looks like when you pull the stylus out. It is a straight, rather than tound, yet otherwise exact copy of the not five. No need to condescend my knowledge before you closely ready what I actually said.

    • TheNash

      At this stage, pointing out similarities in features and design between different smartphones is just moot. They all “take inspiration” from each other. If it’s a good feature, why waste time and money reinventing the wheel?

      • nikolas ostropolskiy

        Because originality sells better. Why buy something that you already saw someone else do. Unless you don’t research before you buy that is. Needless to say I’m positive Samsung did it better.

        • Walter Conley

          We’ll see if that’s true when the g5 sells.

          • nikolas ostropolskiy

            The g5 is neither original nor has a stylus… More of a gimmick. I was nit partial to it when I got to play with it.

          • Walter Conley

            Just because you do not appreciate the new features of the g5 does not mean that they are not original.

          • nikolas ostropolskiy

            Name one thing about the g5 that is original.

          • Terry T

            The G5 has a modular design. It was something discontinued in 2009. I have the LG G4 Stylus or the old version of the stylus 2. It is a phone that is $550 cheaper than a Samsung note. It is by far the best value for its money. It has exactly 1/2 the power of the note 5 besides screen resolution and battery. Yet still it is 3x less. For all of that it should be very difficult to complain.

          • nikolas ostropolskiy

            Modular design was discontinued in 2009? That’s news to me, and certainly to Google, asus, nokia (now part of Microsoft) and huawei who are all working on modular phones for mass production. Nokia and Sony Ericsson had modular phones back in ~2000.

            And again, no one in this entire argument said anything about value or power, or the fact that this phone isn’t a good deal. My original post simply implied that the design of the stylus menu on the phone was almost a direct copy of the note 5. That is all.

        • TheNash

          The harsh reality is originality wins arguments, not sales

          • nikolas ostropolskiy

            For the sake of not arguing about this we’ll say you’re right.

          • TheNash

            I didn’t mean to come across as passive aggressive there. Sorry if I put you off