The LG Velvet is a mid-range 5G smartphone that costs pretty too much if we compare it to the flagships we have seen from LG’s high-end phones of the last year or two. Its lower power chipset does not disturb the performance a lot, but the rear camera array is not as sharp as we should expect at the price. Here is a hands-on LG Velvet review.
The LG Velvet is a slightly expensive mid-range phone. Also, its camera array does not match the price and there’s no quad-DAC – a fabulous audio feature that we’ve come to expect in costly LG phones.
LG Velvet Review
The front look of the LG Velvet is stylish and you could mistake it for a much expensive phone. Its front glass curves at the sides, the screen is large, and there are no small plastic slivers between the glass and metal parts. That can reduce the appearance of a phone a little.
A headphone jack is one of the important interests of the LG Velvet and it uses the DAC built into the Qualcomm processor, and the only advanced sound mode is ‘LG 3D Sound Engine’. The LG Velvet has a robust in-screen fingerprint scanner. It has not disappointed us to approve a thumb impression once during the trial that we can recall but is not the most active around.
There’s also a Google Assistant button, seen on some LG V and G series phones. It also comes across as a quite attractive, if reasonably unremarkable, phone unless you purchase it with LG’s Dual Screen case.
The LG Velvet’s screen is very tall, with an almost Sony Xperia 1 like 20.5:1 aspect ratio, and it has a teardrop notch. This is a 6.8-inch 1080 x 2460 P-OLED panel made by LG. LG’s OLED panels are usually not quite as great as Samsung’s, or those of the lesser-known Chinese BoE, but this one is quite satisfying.
The LG Velvet has three rear cameras. And camera hardware is possibly the most delicate part of this phone when you compare it with a moderately high price.
We get a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Not only is there a big decline in quality between the main and secondary cameras, the main one isn’t a jaw-dropper either. The LG Velvet uses the Samsung GM2, a 48MP sensor, with an f/1.8 lens.
The LG Velvet has the Snapdragon 765G chipset, one of the most powerful processors in the effort to bring down the cost of 5G phones. It is simple to doubt at a reasonably pricey phone that uses a mid-range CPU like the Snapdragon 765G running that with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but the difference in real-world performance between this and the Snapdragon 865 is usually very insignificant.
The LG Velvet has a 4,300mAh battery. For a phone with a 6.8-inch screen, this place is towards the lower end of what is inexpensive. It manages to last a full day of average use, with little left in the backup by the end.
LG still hasn’t declared pricing or availability for the LG Velvet in the United States, but converting from markets that it has been announced in, it should cost somewhere around $730.