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After a long time, LG announced a new smartphone. The smartphone looks excellent aesthetically, but we’ll discuss the phone in detail and try to figure out if the phone is worth spending $750.

LG Velvet is not the phone with the best specs or features in the world, but it is trying to get into the smartphone market once again. LG V series the flagship phones were outstanding. They had great battery life and Quad DAC for high-quality audio.

LG velvet is their first swing at something new in a while. It was long overdue. Now that we have it, let’s talk about it.

Design

Lg velvet design

You have probably seen many videos of LG velvet. It looks great from different angles. The colors at the back are slick. It has curved edges from both front and back.

Lg velvet is 7.9mm thin, and even if it is thin, they have managed to accommodate the google assistant button on the side; however, you can’t remap it. The phone weighs 180 g (6.35 oz

The phone also has a headphone jack at the bottom, which is now rare to see in most brands. They have kept the headphone jack but removed the Quad DAC. Because they have added an option called 3D sound, it minimizes the difference of missing Quad DEC. In the bottom, there is a speaker grill along with USB type C. There are volume rockers and a dedicated google assistant button on the left. On the right-hand side, they have put the lock/power button, which is at a decent place and can be accessed easily with one hand. The haptic feedback is also nice and tight but not as good as pixel or iPhone. LG velvet is also IP certified IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins).

LG velvet has a glass back and three-camera setup and comes with four different variants; Aurora White, Aurora Green, Aurora Gray, Illusion Sunset.

Display

LG velvet display

LG velvet has 6.8 inches P-OLED 1080p display. The display looks fantastic, and viewing angles are great; I did not see any color shift. The one downside of the phone is it still has a 60Hz display, now coming from S20 Ulta and OnePlus 8 Pro I am used to high refresh rate screen. Because of the curved edges, the phone has a ~88.6% screen-to-body ratio. I also like the palm rejection algorithm in LG velvet. I love the curved displays because they look immersive and futuristic. I did not have many incidents of touching the screens accidentally. I have used Samsung galaxy S20 Ultra, OnePlus 7Pro, OnePlus 8 Pro, and Mi10 pro, also used the previous Samsung Galaxy S series, and I had no problem. There were accidental touches but very rare.

Camera

LG velvet has three rear cameras and one selfie shooter. The main sensor is 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm. The ultra-wide 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 15mm, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, and a 5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor. It can shoot


4K videos @30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, from the main camera, and it also has OIS and EIS on board.

LG velvet camera and design

The camera performance is sub-par. It captures decent pictures in bright daylight. But I feel it oversharpen the images which don’t look good all the time, especially on the human subjects. And the camera struggles at low light.

The ultrawide camera is also disappointing considering the fact that LG was one of the first smartphone makers to ship the phone with the ultrawide lens. They have;t improved al lot yet.

Battery

The LG Velvet Shines in a battery department. If you have a budget of $750 for an android phone and want a beautiful display with fantastic battery life, this is a phone for you. Despite the thin frame, LG velvet has a Non-removable Li-Po 4300 mAh battery.It can easily last for a day with heavy usage, and if you use your phone just for daily tasks, this phone will be left with around 25% at the end of the day.

On top of it, the phone supports 25-watt fast charging and 9-watt wireless fast charging.

Performance

LG velvet doesn’t have the flagship chip, and I’ve seen many stutters throughout the UI. I think it could be because of the early software and can be easily fixed with future updates. The phone has Snapdragon 765G and runs on Android 10, LG UX 9.

Price and availability

The LG Velvet launched in South Korea on May 15. It will be available in Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, and Poland by the end of the month.LG hasn’t confirmed the launch of the device in other countries yet.

The Price of LG velvet is going to start from $750.

Verdict

After a long time, LG is offering a mid-range smartphone, and for regular users, it can be a perfect buy. The phone is also 5G ready, so it is future proof. Wireless charging and IP rating make this phone an excellent mid-tier budget smartphone.

With upcoming software updates, the camera and performances will be better. I personally like the device it feels good in the hand.

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