LG STYLUS DAB+ – THE WORLD’S FIRST SMARTPHONE TO SUPPORT DIGITAL RADIO – COMES TO AUSTRALIA
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, April 27th, 2016 — LG Electronics Australia (LG) today announced the launch of its new LG Stylus DAB+ device, the world’s first smartphone with built-in DAB+ broadcast digital radio.
Unlike music streaming and other apps that can use hefty amounts of data, the LG Stylus DAB+ lets users listen to digital quality radio broadcasts for free through a tuner in the smartphone.* Not only will this provide quality digital broadcast, but it also allows the user to access broadcasts pictures and text information on the screen.
Users will be able to access more radio channels with DAB+ than traditional AM + FM, with up to 30 free digital only stations. Popular digital stations include Triple M Classic Rock, Koffee, Coles Radio, Kinderling, The Range, The Edge Digital, Gorilla and NTS.
DAB+ is on air in 40 countries around the world. It is currently available in Sydney, Mel- bourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, with plans to rollout to regional areas from 2017.
The LG device was launched in conjunction with Commercial Radio Australia which is a member of IDAG (The International DMB Advancement Group), a global organisation rep- resenting radio broadcasters which helped develop the DAB+ smartphone.
Gino Casha, General Manager, Mobile Communications at LG Australia commented: “We are delighted that Australia is one of the first countries in the world to get the LG Stylus DAB+. This is a smartphone that offers something nobody else does – built-in digital radio. Customers in the market for a fully-featured affordable smartphone on which to enjoy a fantastic digital broadcast experience should look no further than this latest offering.”
Joan Warner, Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Radio Australia, said; “Australians love
radio, with 95% of the population tuning in each week. Now with the LG Stylus DAB+, radio stations will be able to deliver an even richer radio experience for listeners through the broadcast of visual content such as pictures and text about the track now playing, breaking news and web links.”
”Commercial Radio Australia has developed a tailored interface for the smartphone, which
allows listeners to enjoy digital radio alongside related internet content. Users will be able to see station logos and branded landing pages, and click on links to more information, events, offers and radio social media channels,” added Warner.
To celebrate the launch, participating radio stations will promote the LG Stylus DAB+ with an extensive on air marketing campaign from May 9, including listener giveaways of 250 handsets.
How to listen to digital radio on the LG Stylus DAB+
All consumers need to do to enable the digital radio feature on the LG Stylus DAB+ is plug in the headset provided with the phone (this acts an antenna through which the signal is achieved) and click on the Digital Radio logo to start a scan of the local DAB+ radio sta- tions in the area**. They will then be able to select from the list of available radio stations and save their favourite stations for easy access in the future.
More features than you can shake a stylus at...
The LG Stylus DAB+ is only 7.4mm thin and weighs 145g. The handset has a beautiful de- sign and high-end features such as a 3,000mAh removable battery, a MicroSD card slot to allow users to expand storage, and a gorgeous 5.7-inch screen on which to enjoy a variety of content.
The LG Stylus DAB+ also comes with a ‘Stylus’ pen that has a nano-coated tip for more accuracy. There is also variety of user experiences such as Pen Pop, which toggles a popup menu when the stylus is removed to offer shortcuts to Pop Memo and Pop Scanner. Addi- tionally, there is a new function called Pen Keeper, which prevents the Stylus from being misplaced by displaying a popup message when the phone is detected as being in motion when the Stylus slot is empty.
The LG Stylus DAB+ will be available May 2 for RRP $449 from Optus stores, Big W, All Phones, and selected Harvey Norman and Good Guys Stores. It will also be available 5th of May from Virgin Mobile Stores.
LG Stylus Key Specifications: ***
Display: 5.7-inch HD In-Cell Touch (1280 x 720)
Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP
Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM / 16GB ROM / MicroSD
Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Size: 155 x 79.6 x 7.4mm
Network: LTE / HSPA+ / GSM
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / USB 2.0
*Headphones (included) required to enable DAB+. The Digital Radio Plus Interface will be made available via software update direct to the handset.
**The DAB+ network is currently available in 5 metropolitan capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, with plans to rollout to regional areas from 2017) and covers 65% of the population. It offers up to30 free digi- tal-only radio stations and broadcast text and pictures on screen.
***Specifications/features may vary depending on the market.
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About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a global leader and trend setter in the mobile and wearable industry with breakthrough technologies and innovative designs. By continually developing highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery, camera optics and LTE technology, LG creates handsets and wearables that fit the life- styles of a wide range of people all over the world. While helping to enhance the mobile user experience by incorporating unique, sophisticated designs and intuitive UX features, LG is also committed to guiding consumers into the era of con- vergence and Internet of Things, maximizing inter-device connectivity between a wide range of smartphones, tablets, wearables, home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visitwww.LG.com.
About LG Electronics Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile com- munications and home appliances, employing 83,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. With 2015 global sales of USD 48.8 billion (KRW 56.5 trillion), LG compromises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution and Vehicle Components – and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.
For more information, please visit www.lg.com.au or facebook.com/LGaustralia About Commercial Radio Australia
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) is the national industry body for commercial radio in Australia with 260 FM, AM and DAB+ station members nationwide representing 99% of the commercial radio licensees on air. CRA has been instru- mental in the successful rollout of DAB+ digital radio broadcasting in Australia and the Asia Pacific.
Digital radio was launched in Australia in 2009 and offers existing AM and FM stations in digital sound, as well as up to 30 new digital-only stations and scrolling text and pictures that can be broadcast through the smartphone screen.
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