After a very long gap, Samsung’s home-grown rival LG launched its Velvet smartphone powered by an older Snapdragon 845 SoC in India recently. As the company struggling to find its feet in the recent years, LG hopes to regain its lost glory through – Velvet.
It’s worth mentioning here that the Korean variant differs from the Indian variant. Compared to the 5G version that is powered by Snapdragon 765G, the 4G version gets the Snapdragon 845 SoC.
- LG Velvet in New Black
- Dual-display accessories
- Quick start guide
- Warranty card
- SIM ejector
- USB Type-A to Type-C cable
- 18W charging adapter
The LG Velvet comes with a curved 6.8-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20.5: 9 aspect ratio OLED display. It has a water-drop notch with noticeable bezels on the top and bottom. Even though, it doesn’t have a 90Hz or a 120Hz refresh rate as such, the content in this big screen is pretty much immersive. The fingerprint sensor is below the display and it’s the optical.
Just like the G8X, the dual-screen accessory is available for Velvet as well. Undoubtedly it is bulky and measures 174.4×84.6×14.4mm and weighs 129g on its own. The fitting and usage procedure is the same as the G8X ThinQ.
The Velvet has a ‘3D arc design’, which gently bends the left and right ends of the front display, and the rear cover is also bent at the same angle, and viewed from the bottom, it has a long oval shape. It has a metal frame and each corner has a balanced design that gives a sense of stability. It measures 167.2×74.1×7.9mm and weighs around 180 grams. Overall, the build quality of the device is very solid and no complains as such.
Coming to the placement, the power button is housed on the right side, as the volume rockers sit directly opposite, on the left side, along with the Google Assistant key below them. At the bottom, we have a USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and speaker grille. The SIM slot is placed on the top. It’s worth mentioning that the Velvet doesn’t come with a dedicated Quad DAC, but carries dust and water resistance and the phone carries an IP68 rating.
The phone is powered by Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU. The LG Velvet comes in a single variant – 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 1TB with microSD via a hybrid slot. It is shipped with Android 10 out of the box.
Moving back we have triple camera setup – 48MP main + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP depth and a flash, arranged in a vertical direction as if water droplets are falling. Additionally, the device comes with stereo speakers and Artificial Intelligence Sound that automatically analyses the content being played and sets the optimal audio quality.
It supports connectivity options including Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, and USB Type-C.
The overall device is powered by a 4300mAh battery with fast charging, 10w wireless charging. The LG VELVET 4G comes in Aurora Silver and New Black colours and is priced at Rs. 36,990 and the VELVET with Dual Screen combo is priced at Rs. 49,990. It is available from Flipkart as well as offline stores.