June 16, 2020
LG has finally nailed off its G series lineup, and is replacing what would have been the LG G9 with the LG Velvet. The company keeps the V line as LG’s only premium series while the Velvet maintained the mid-range lineup.
According to LG, the name “velvet” was chosen to evoke images of lustrous smoothness and premium softness.
The smartphone features a brilliant display, 5G connectivity, and three rear cameras and lots more.
Design and Display
The LG Velvet comes in a modest design with a premium look comprising of a glass build both on the back and front.
On the smooth back panel is a “waterdrop” triple camera setup assembled in a vertical array with largest main lens on top and the other lenses following, mimicking a falling rain droplet with the flash at the bottom of the pile and the brand name at the bottom half.
On the front is a 3D Arc Design with curved display edge for easier grip and a Cinema FullVision display featuring a 6.8-inch Full HD+ P-OLED display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio while maintaining the waterdrop notch.
The smartphone measures 167.2 x 74.1 x 7.9 mm dimensions with a weight 180 grams baked with a resolution of 2460 x 1080 resolution, a 395 PPI density, 88.6% screen-to-body ratio and a conventional 60 Hz refresh rate like LG’s flagship V60.
The phone also has a water-resistant IP68 rating, MIL-STD 810G certification to endure extreme environments, shocks, and drops, in-display fingerprint scanner, Nebo pre-installed app that convert handwritten notes into digital documents.
The smartphone supports LG’s Dual Screen and Stylus Pen accessories, which unfortunately are sold separately.
The smartphone is available in Aurora White, Aurora Gray, Aurora Green, and Illusion Sunset colour shades.
There’s no telephoto lens but instead, the triple rear camera array includes a 48MP primary shooter uses pixel binning to combine four pixels together for better low-light performance joined by an 8MP ultra wide shooter and lastly a 5MP depth sensor for improved portrait pictures.
The camera is packed with 3D AR stickers, voice out-of-focus for noise reductiont, ASMR recording to capture those crackling sounds, shake-free videos and other exciting features.
The front facing camera is a 16 MP selfie shooter housed within a waterdrop notch.
Hardware and Software
Like the Realme X50 5G and Redmi K30 5G, the LG Velvet is powered by Snapdragon 765 which carries 5G built-in modem paired with an octa-core processor and Adreno 620 GPU for graphics.
The lustrous device runs on the Android 10 operating system.
The Smartphone comes with an 8GB of RAM which sits at 128GB of UFS 2.1-type in-built storage that can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card.
The smartphone comes with Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack, A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C and a 5G Network connectivity.
The device comes with a larger power pack of 4,300 mAh non removable battery compared to the 4,000 mAh battery of Samsung Galaxy S20. It supports both wired fast charging and 10W wireless charging.
LG Velvet Price and Availability
The LG Velvet is available and sells at $735 which is even costlier than the OnePlus 8. In Nigeria the price of LG Velvet goes for 290,000 Naira, while in Ghana, it is expected to sell for around 4,500 Ghs and about 80,000 Ksh in Kenya.