The LG Velvet has been officially announced in Europe. The phone is a premium mid-range device that packs several features that are mostly exclusive to flagships, and its price tag reflects that.
LG Velvet Design
The LG Velvet is the first LG phone to feature a new design language. It is curved on both sides, comes in pretty cool colors, and keeps the weight under 200 grams (180 grams to be precise). However, we wish LG ditched the waterdrop notch which it has overused already.
LG Velvet Specifications
The LG Velvet has an OLED display that measures 6.8-inches. It has a 2460 x 1080 resolution, a 20.5:9 aspect ratio, and a waterdrop notch that is home to a 16MP camera.
Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 765 (not Snapdragon 765G) mobile platform which brings 5G support with its built-in modem. There is 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage that can be expanded to up to an extra 2TB via the MicroSD card slot.
The LG Velvet has a pretty nice rear camera design that mimics a falling raindrop. The triple camera setup includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor.
LG has loaded the phone with tons of camera features such as time-lapse with automatic and manual speed change; a steady cam feature for shake-free videos; ASMR recording to capture those extra sounds such as the crackle of a fire or the crunch of a cracker; voice out-of-focus which reduces background noise in videos and focuses on the voice of the user; and 3D AR stickers with 3D mesh technology so the AR sticker blends with the face of the subject. These are features you will be hard-pressed to find on a mid-range device.
The LG Velvet has an IP68 rating and MIL-STD 810G specifications. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner, an audio jack, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0.
Another premium feature the device has is stylus support. This is not the type of stylus that ships with LG’s Stylo series but a Wacom Stylus with 4096 pressure levels for note-taking, drawing, and more. Unfortunately, you have to purchase it separately along with the LG Dual Screen accessory which it also works with. However, LG includes an app called Nebo that converts your handwritten notes into typed texts including formulas and charts.
There is a 4300mAh battery inside with support for wireless charging. The phone has fast charging support via USB-C but there is no mention of the power rating. It ships with Android 10 out of the box.
LG Velvet Price and Availability
The phone comes in Aurora White, Aurora Gray, Illusion Sunset, and Aurora Green. It is priced at KRW 899,800 (~$735/₹55,745) and will be available for purchase via local operators. There is no info on a global release.