LG Velvet
LG Velvet

LG Velvet-It seems that the Korean company LG is refusing to announce its surrender in light of the strong competition with Chinese companies and even the Korean technology giant Samsung, and for this reason,

Velvet always striving to draw global attention to it, especially with LG products in the world of smartphones that have long been distinguished by their strong

attractive designs Today we are with a new phone from LG announced by the company now and we will show you the initial details about the phone.

ahead of time Velvet may reveal its new phone specifications early,

due to the lack of an official launching phone due to the Corona epidemic.

LG Velvet Design and Display

LG Velvet Design
LG Velvet Design

The Velvet is probably the best-looking phone LG has ever produced. While there’s not a whole lot of room left to make a glass and metal rectangle stand out from the crowd, LG’s new phone is pleasing to the eyes,

comfortable to hold, and significantly less slippery than some of the company’s other models.

LG emphasizes symmetry in the Velvet’s chassis design,

with the gentle curve of the back panel mirroring the horizontal corners of the display. Add in slightly squared-off corners and symmetrical display borders, and you’ve got a pretty attractive handset.

Even the “water droplet” effect created by the rear camera placement is an improvement on the large visor-style camera module of the LG V series.

LG Velvet

We’re reviewing the LG Velvet in its fairly subdued “aurora green” hue,

however, you’ll find more ostentatious offerings in the form of the “aurora white” and “illusion sunset” variants. The latter would probably be my first choice, with an eye-catching iridescent finish.

Those side edges are also home to the standard loadout of buttons — power and volume — in addition to the dedicated Google Assistant key.

Meanwhile, the bottom bezel houses that rarest of things, a 3.5mm headphone jack, alongside the USB-C port and bottom-firing speaker.

(Note, however, that this is a plain old headphone jack, and doesn’t feature the vaunted Quad DAC of more expensive LG phones.)

The Velvet’s audio is pretty middle-of-the-road, with little to praise or complain about. The main loudspeaker, paired with the slimline earpiece tweeter,

provides ample volume for casual YouTube sessions but sounds a little thin at higher volume levels.

LG Velvet Resolution

The display itself is a 6.8-inch P-OLED panel at Full HD+ resolution, with a tiny dimpled notch up top. LG continues to resist the move towards hole-punch OLEDs, and the Velvet’s teardrop cutout is inoffensive enough. On the whole,

I found the display to be pleasing and vibrant, though the default white balance level was noticeably cooler than most other OLEDs I’ve used (fortunately, this can be easily changed in the display settings menu).

Otherwise, daylight visibility even under bright sunlight was passable, and the manual brightness slider can get it dark enough for comfortable night-time viewing.

LG Velvet Performance and Battery life

The LG Velvet runs Qualcomm’s new mid-tier Snapdragon 765 platform, aimed at less expensive flagship phones with 5G connectivity. Benchmarks have pegged the chip around the level of a Snapdragon 845, though with efficiency benefits thanks to its 7nm manufacturing process.

Bottom line: in terms of raw horsepower,

you’re getting the power of a flagship phone from around 18 months ago, with better battery life and 5G connectivity.

Rounding out the specs sheet is an ample 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (expandable via microSD), and a 4,300mAh battery — an appropriate loadout for a mid-to-high-end device like this.

Touchscreen

I’ve already touched on some of the touchscreen wonks I experienced; aside from scrolling sometimes feeling a little off, the LG Velvet has been a quick and reliable performer. I didn’t run into any noticeable memory management issues or slowdowns,

either in everyday apps like Twitter and Chrome, or games such as Mario Kart Tour or Asphalt 9.

What’s less ideal, however, is the Velvet’s relatively sluggish in-screen fingerprint scanner, which is noticeably slower than Android flagships from the past couple of years. It’s reasonably reliable,

but definitely takes a few extra fractions of a second to unlock compared to contemporary in-screen scanners I’ve used. And that’s all the more problematic considering the face unlock feature seen in previous LG phones has been removed in this model, so there’s no biometric backup option.

Software and Dual Screen

lg velvet dual screen
lg velvet dual screen

The LG Velvet runs Android 10 out of the box, layered with LG UX 9.1. For the uninitiated, LG’s Android software has taken on a Samsung lookalike aesthetic over the past year, with design elements from the company’s first-party apps clearly aping its local rival’s look and feel.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though — it’s feature-rich, as you’d expect, and the design language is consistent throughout the phone’s software. If you’re a fan of bright colors, rounded rectangles,

(The new “circular” wallpapers, spanning the lock screen, home screen, and always-on display are sure to be a hit if you’re a fan of primary colors.)

Android 10

Android 10’s gesture navigation is present and works well on the Velvet, and there’s now an additional option for a swipe and hold gesture from the outer edge to activate a helpful one-handed reachability mode.

And LG has spun out its own pop-up view mode for most apps, letting you shrink them down into a floating window for easier multitasking.

Google

The LG UX is also a very Google-centric smartphone experience. The Google Feed has been plugged into LG’s home screen —

of course, the dedicated Google Assistant button lets you summon the AI at any time,

with a single press or in walkie-talkie mode. The software has also been kitted out with Google’s Live Transcription service,

which uses Google’s AI smarts to give you instant subtitles for any audio on your device.

My only complaint with LG’s dual-screen accessory has to do with the docking and undocking process. Because of the off-center camera cutout, wiggling the LG Velvet free from the Dual Screen can be a challenge. The first few times undocking the phone can be an anxious experience, as you try to avoid snapping either it or the Dual Screen in half.

LG Velvet Cameras

LG Velvet Cameras
LG Velvet Cameras

Curiously, it’s LG’s software post-processing that seems to be most at fault here. On paper, the Velvet has decent camera specs — a 48-megapixel primary shooter behind an f/1.8 lens and f/2.2 ultrawide at 8 megapixels aAn additional 5MP camera handles depth-sensing duties).

In terms of colors, low-light performance, and responsiveness, there’s not much to complain about. There’s even the obligatory AI scene detection mode that does a decent job of detecting what you’re shooting, and subtly adjusting the camera’s settings accordingly.

But LG’s camera app insists on an obnoxious level of sharpening, especially in photos taken with the primary camera. This leads to leaves, branches, or any area with a lot of grain or fine detail being given an ugly mosaic effect.

Even clouds can be seen to exhibit weird, unnatural levels of sharpness and definition, while clean blue skies take on an unusual level of grain even in perfectly lit landscape scenes. And the same effect seems to be responsible for chroma noise creeping into 2X zoom shots, even in well-lit conditions.

The same effects are visible in video taken from the Velvet’s main camera (aside from the oversharpening issue,

I was impressed by the camera’s video stabilization in 1080p mode). Shooting with the ultrawide, the oversharpening is present but less noticeable. The front-facer too comes away unscathed, shooting crisply defined selfies at 16 megapixels with a run-of-the-mill 29mm focal length.

Bottom line

With expected pricing around the US $750 mark, you could certainly do a lot worse than the LG Velvet. The Dual Screen accessory, in particular, might be its greatest asset — giving many folding-phone benefits at a much lower price.

Direct rivals like the OnePlus 8 offer a better balance of specs and features at a similar price point, and fans of the Dual Screen concept would be better off bagging a discounted V60.

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Dual Screen add-on is genuinely useful
  • Dependable all-day battery life
  • Solid specs for the price, including 5G

Cons

  • Weak camera, with oversharpening in photos
  • Slow fingerprint + no face unlock option
  • Scrolling physics issues in some apps

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