Premium Audio: 32-bit sound on the go
The faithful 3.5mm headphone jack is slowly being phased out of smartphones as Bluetooth headphones gain proliferation and manufacturers chase thinner devices.
More and more phones are bundling dongles in the box featuring ultra-small digital-to-analog converters and giving consumers another thing they can lose and repurchase, but some flagship phones are stubbornly refusing to give up on the traditional audio jack.
Those who remain on board the analogue audio train are now including high-quality DACs inside the device to deliver highresolution audio, avoiding the need for external dongles, and even eclipsing some audiophile targeting external DACs and players.
LG ThinQ V50 ($1728)
LG first introduced 32-bit audio to smartphones in 2016 with the release of the V20, and have continued to include it in the new V50.
The included Quad Hi-Fi DAC is capable of outputting 32bit audio up to 192kHz.
Music lovers might also find plenty of use in the included Dual Screen accessory, giving the V50 a second display they could use to control sound output or play music videos while multi-tasking on the other screen.
Samsung S10 ($1349)
Not wanting to be outdone by its domestic rival, the Korean tech giant’s flagship S10 phone features support for 32-bit audio up to 384kHz, rivalling what’s offered by fellow Korean company and audiophile digital-audio-player specialist Astell + Kern, which sells devices for more than double the cost of either phone.