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LG Velvet Latest Review

LG Velvet

LG Velvet Overview

The LG Velvet is a genuinely costly mid-extend phone. Be that as it may, it shows up before genuinely sensible 5G telephones have gotten normal, so it may not appear to be an awful arrangement to some at dispatch. 


The expense is sufficiently high to stop it from gaining a higher score. Its camera cluster doesn’t coordinate the cost, and there’s no quad-DAC – an extraordinary sound component that we’ve generally expected modest LG handsets. 


Three sections appear to be like a good, outstanding quality telephone. We’ve just referenced the first. The LG Velvet has 5G. The LG Velvet has some costly plan contacts as well, as bent front glass that makes the screen encompass seem littler. Its tall OLED screen doesn’t look not at all like that of ‘valid’ top of the line telephones either, regardless of whether a portion of specs is less fantastic. 


So the Velvet is, at last, a mishmash – equivalent amounts of costly and modest, however, with a value that places it more towards the previous.

LG Velvet

LG Velvet price and release date

Reported in May 2020 


Presently accessible to purchase in the US. 


Expenses $599 (around £500/AU$850) 


The LG Velvet initially showed up in May 2020 and was viewed as an endeavour by LG to rival a marginally extraordinary methodology. It needed us to consider the To be as an option in contrast to something like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, regardless of whether centrepieces of the telephone are less practised. 


We don’t have costs always of a survey, yet it’s currently prepared to purchase in there the US, where it costs $599 (generally £500/AU$850). In the US, it’s accompanying AT&T first with T-Mobile and Verizon set to offer the telephone later in 2020. 


We’ve yet to hear evaluating or discharge date for the UK or Australia, however, we’ve approached LG for additional subtleties. 


It is altogether less expensive than enormous screen 5G leads like the Oppo Find X2 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. Be that as it may, the OnePlus eight and different telephones from Xiaomi, Realme, and Oppo are delicious other options.



IP68 water opposition 


Bended glass and metal shell 


167.2 x 74.1 x 7.9mm, 180g 


Take a gander at the LG Velvet front-on, and you could confuse it with a $1000-in addition to the telephone. Its front glass bends along the edges, the screen is enormous, and there are no little plastic bits between the glass and metal parts. That can degrade the appearance of a telephone a bit. 


There’s considerably more character than a few, as the metal sides structure progressively noticeable lips at the corners. The LG Velvet looks and feels costly from the front, even though it doesn’t have the encompass free appearance of a Samsung Galaxy S20 family telephone. 


Be that as it may, the back? It is moderately understandable, with a semi reflected shiny completion. There’s no immediately unmistakable camera encompass, no attractive light-receptive layer beneath the glass. 


Be that as it may, this is likely a decision dependent on the ‘look’ LG needs for the Velvet. Also, on the off chance that you need shading, you can get it. The Velvet comes in relaxed white and dark (ish), just as green and ‘dream nightfall,’ a red-yellow inclination with the polarizing punch you may anticipate from Huawei or Honor. 


An earphone jack is one of the unordinary advantages of the LG Velvet. Not many excellent quality telephones have them. This one does. 


It’s not one of LG’s broadly audiophile-accommodating earphone jacks, however. The LG V40 ThinQ, LG V50 ThinQ, and LG G8 all have a quad-DAC, to expand the nature of the sign sent to wired earphones. Those phones have top-level sound overhaul modes too, which are regularly best avoided in various phones.


The LG Velvet uses the DAC incorporated with the Qualcomm processor, and the primary propelled sound mode is ‘LG 3D Sound Engine’. It can make low piece rate book recordings and web radio broadcasts sound better, adding increasingly spatial data to ‘level’ looking substance, yet changes the sound character a lot for music. 


What’s more, the rest? The LG Velvet has a durable in-screen unique mark scanner. It has not neglected to perceive a thumb once during testing that we can review, yet isn’t the quickest around. The OnePlus 8’s scanner is a touch speedier. 


In the wake of taking note of the marginally more slow reaction on our first day with the LG Velvet, the fragmentary deferral was immediately overlooked. 


The telephone additionally has strong, yet not class-driving, sound system speakers. One driver sits on the base, another over the presentation. They have a comparative tone, instead of leaving the front one with a practically treble-just sound, as was standard a few years back. 


There’s additionally a Google Assistant catch, seen on some LG V and G arrangement telephones. You can’t damage this, or alter what it does, with dispatch programming, so plan to raise the Assistant incidentally inadvertently. 


The LG Velvet has all the earmarks of being fantastic, if possibly unremarkable, phone aside from if you get it with LG’s Dual Screen case.


LG made one of these for the LG G8X ThinQ and V50. The plan hasn’t changed much with this Velvet rendition, yet it is still exceptionally abnormal. 


Space the telephone in, and you get an additional small scale show on the front and a second screen that coordinates the LG Velvet’s inside. It can just ‘broaden your work area’ like a double showcase PC arrangement, with a couple of applications. The just one we’ve found distantly helpful is Chrome, as the sizeable plastic hole between the presentations makes it futile for video. Be that as it may, you can run two applications simultaneously. 


Gaming is the one use we return to in the wake of utilizing LG Dual Screen for over a year on-and-off. You can transform one of the screens into a virtual gamepad, helpful for games like Asphalt 9 and Call of Duty: Mobile. 


Your fingers no longer square any of the activity, making the experience nearer to that of an excellent handheld games support. What’s more, we feel a mess less unsure utilizing it out in broad daylight than one of the outsider gamepads that likewise grasp your telephone. 


A few games mostly work with the Dual Screen gamepad. Others you’ll need to make a custom design for. Furthermore, at the hour of audit, this piece of the telephone is the cart. 


We encountered a lot of irritating hangs utilizing the Dual Screen while playing, and it usually will not switch shows so you can use the gamepad on the stout telephone side, instead of the flimsy and light presentation just side. So an update or two is required. 


In any case, outside the odd play around we despite everything wind up expelling the LG Velvet from its case. It adds a ton of mass to the telephone and doesn’t add anything to video spilling, as a full adaptable telephone can. 


The Dual Screen case is incorporated with some pre-request groups. It’s an extraordinary extra on the off chance that it feels like you get it for nothing. However, we would not suggest putting in a few hundred dollars on it a short time later.



6.8-inch P-OLED 60Hz HDR screen

1080 x 2460 resolution

Teardrop notch


The LG Velvet’s screen is very tall, with an almost Sony Xperia 1 II-like 20.5:1 aspect ratio, and it has a teardrop notch.


This notch snips out more of the screen than some punch holes. But the display’s sheer height makes this a non-issue. Watch Selling Sunset or Below Deck on Netflix and you can either see the standard 16:9 image with black bars to the left and right or fill the display up to the start of the notch.


It crops out the top and bottom a little, but that crop would be even worse if the LG Velvet were to use the entire screen.


It is a 6.8-inch 1080 x 2460 P-OLED panel made by LG. LG’s OLED panels are often not quite as good as Samsung’s, or those of the lesser-known Chinese BoE, but this one is perfectly good.


We have not missed the extra resolution of one of the higher-end alternatives, colour is right, there are modes to let you tweak the saturation and tone. The LG Velvet also clicks into an ultra-bright mode when used outdoors in the sun, for excellent visibility in almost all conditions.


It supports HDR and Full HD Netflix at launch too.


A high refresh rate is the prominent missing feature. It is a standard 60Hz screen and lacks the smooth scrolling appearance of an OnePlus 8 or Samsung Galaxy S20.

There’s nothing wrong with a 60Hz screen, but it is one area that makes you question the phone’s value.


LG’s interface is not the most visually coherent either. There are plenty of tweaks to make, but a lack of visual consistency between parts like the settings menu. The feature toggles drop-down cheapens it a little.



48MP Samsung GM2 f/1.8 primary camera

8MP Hynix sl846 f/1.6 ultra-wide camera

5MP Hynix sl556 depth camera

The LG Velvet has three rear cameras. And camera hardware is perhaps the weakest part of this phone when you consider the reasonably high price.


We get a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.


Not only is there a significant drop in quality between the primary and secondary cameras, the main one isn’t a jaw-dropper either. The LG Velvet uses the Samsung GM2, a 48MP sensor, with an f/1.8 lens.


Down at pixel level, fine detail is occasionally soft or dithered-looking compared to the best phones at a price. However, it is a rough match for OnePlus 8’s primary camera in daylight. There are some other apparent oversights.


The LG Velvet does not have a zoom camera but uses the primary sensor’s high pixel count to capture 2x zoomed images with the same 12MP resolution it uses for standard shots. However, zoom images do not have nearly the same dynamic range enhancement as 1x shots, resulting in many overexposed areas.


Its ultra-wide camera is disappointing too, as the low-resolution sensor leaves most fine textures and details missing, or over-smoothed.


Why so down on the LG Velvet camera? It can take cute pictures, and an ultra-wide view is always welcome. However, we expect more at this price. And we don’t have to look too aggressive Chinese companies to show this up. Samsung’s Galaxy A51 uses the same primary camera and is significantly cheaper.


In low light, the LG Velvet is a fair performer. There’s a dedicated Night View mode that takes slightly longer to capture an image but improves colour fidelity.


However, its night images are not as good as the OnePlus 8’s or the Google Pixel 3a XL’s. The Velvet’s photos are much softer, giving ultra-low-light shots an almost out of focus appearance.


The phone’s video is good, up to a point. You can shoot at up to 4K, 30 frames per second. And as there’s robust stabilization right up to that resolution, you can pull in all modes handheld with confidence.


LG also added Steady Cam modes, which use the ultra-wide camera and much more substantial electronic stabilization. However, as the full camera is of much lower quality, footage just doesn’t look as good, even if it is steady.


The front camera has a 16MP sensor, the SK Hynix hi-1634. You may not have heard of the hardware manufacturer, but this is the second-best camera in the LG Velvet.


It can render and retain details like individual eyelashes indoors in moodily lit rooms. Selfies do look softer in inferior lighting, but you can also use the screen as a flash to keep your face looking sharp.


Specs and performance

8GB of RAM

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset

Adreno 620 GPU


The LG Velvet has the Snapdragon 765G chipset, one of the most critical processors in the effort to bring down the cost of 5G phones even if the LG Velvet itself is not one of those affordable phones.


It is easy to sneer at a reasonably pricey phone that uses a mid-range CPU like the Snapdragon 765G. But the difference in real-world performance between this and the Snapdragon 865 is often very minor. App loads are near-instant. The 8GB of RAM offers plenty of scope for keeping apps in a parked state rather than closing them fully.


We find the OnePlus eight feels slightly nippier than the LG Velvet day-to-day, but this is likely as much because it has a quicker fingerprint scanner and a 90Hz screen as the difference in processor power.


There is still a massive gulf in power when you put the LG Velvet to the test, though.


CPU power is less affected than the graphics and gaming side. In Geekbench 5, the Velvet scores 1,804 to the OnePlus 8’s 2,581 (a Snapdragon 865 phone). There’s an even more significant difference in their GPU-centered 3DMark scores.

The LG Velvet scores 2,980 in the Slingshot Extreme test, to the OnePlus 8’s 7,206 points. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G is a gaming-optimized chipset. But it still has less than half the graphics power of a Snapdragon 865.


How much does this affect gaming? Less than you might think. Asphalt 9 still runs very well, with perhaps just very minor moments of slowdown when the scene becomes very busy. Asphalt 9’s environments are positively stacked with stuff. PUBG and Call of Duty: Mobile both run exceptionally well at ‘high’ graphics. 


ARK: Survival Evolved is a game you can use to separate mid-range phones from top-end phones. However, it refuses to install on our LG Velvet. This is not likely to be a fundamental hardware problem, as the Snapdragon 765G supports the Vulkan API on which ARK relies.


A few games like ARK would show up the difference between the LG Velvet and a phone with an actual top-end processor. Not many will, though.


Battery life

4,300mAh battery

25W charger

9W wireless charging


The LG Velvet has a 4,300mAh battery. For a phone with a 6.8-inch screen, this capacity is towards the lower end of what is reasonable.


It tends to last a full day of moderate use, with little left in the tank by the end. However, you may find it an issue if you regularly play games. Or spend a lot of time outdoors, pushing the screen brightness to its max setting.


On days like these, we need to give the LG Velvet a top-up in the afternoon to makes sure the battery doesn’t run out before bedtime.


It’s not a disaster, not even uncommon among thin large-screen phones. But it is not ideal either.


The LG Velvet comes with a moderately fast 25W charger and supports 9W wireless charging.


Oppo Reno 3 Pro Review

Oppo Reno 3 Pro

The Oppo Reno family has consistently represented another methodology for its plans and cameras. The Reno 3 Pro duplicates down on that by bringing a large number of new camera highlights to a natural yet smooth body. 


Be that as it may, in the same way as other Oppo phones, it imparts plenty of highlights to current leaders. For example, different high-megapixel cameras, a punch-opening presentation, quick charging, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Yet in the insane, dangerous market of mid-go leads, a portion of these highlights are in any event, streaming down to the spending fragment. 


In less complicated words, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro faces rivalry from both top-end telephones and low estimated gadgets. 


It has a selfie camera structure, and this has permitted Oppo to make the telephone a lot lighter. 


It highlights curved edges to give it an incredible close by feel notwithstanding pressing a great 6.4-inch Super AMOLED show. You’ll experience no difficulty using and working the telephone with one hand. Particularly on the off chance that you utilize the cameras consistently for selfies. 


Oppo’s betting on the camera tech pressing in the Reno 3 Pro to pull in clients and keeping that in mind, they’ve made a fair showing. The 64MP quad-camera on the back is adaptable enough to create a wide assortment of attractive shots. 


The double selfie snappers on the front are not too bad too once you switch off AI preparing. What’s more, video recording is better than what you would discover on telephones in the mid-go advertise. 


Past the camera and structure factor, the Reno 3 Pro has little else making it work. Clients need to take note of this isn’t a similar Reno 3 Pro that was divulged in China in February. Our own is the common variation that skips on the Snapdragon 765G and bent showcase for increasingly moderate other options. Maybe the most sketchy component is the consideration of the MediaTek Helio P95, which hasn’t been the best entertainer. 


Presently with the Reno3 Pro, the telephone could deal with moderate undertakings, for example, spilling media or perusing internet based life without issues. Performing various tasks, efficiency applications, and gaming then again makes the telephone tired, and you’ll need to close applications to make things run efficiently. 


The as good as ever ColorOS 7 tends to a few issues we’ve had with past forms. We like the alters and the course Oppo is moving in. However, the OS despite everything stays awkward and modest contrasted with other snappier Android skins. 


Battery life isn’t surprising either, which summarizes our emotions on the telephone. We comprehend that phone at this value point is going to accompany inadequacies. Yet, in the Reno 3 Pro’s case, they can’t be disregarded, mainly when you know there are better performing telephones that cost pretty much the equivalent and give a significantly improved client experience in general.

Oppo Reno 3 Pro


Oppo Reno 3 Pro price and availability 


The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is valued at AED 1,899 (around $500, £400, AU$850) in the UAE and will be accessible in two hues – Auroral Blue and Midnight Black. It comes in merely the one design with 8GB of RAM combined with 256GB of capacity. 

The phone will be accessible to buy across Oppo official retailer stores in the UAE or online at Oppo’s authentic site, Noon, and Amazon. 


We expect the Oppo Reno 3 Pro to come to different nations around the globe, yet we’ve yet to hear anything official from the maker. 


Considering you can get telephones with better quality specs for around a similar cost. For example, the OnePlus 7T, it’s difficult to legitimize the worth that Reno 3 Pro brings. Be that as it may, it has a couple of things making it work.


Design and display 


From the start, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro seems as though any cutting edge lead with configuration prompts taken from Huawei’s P30 territory. It’s an appealing and reflexive structure with a quad-camera exhibit on the back and double camera punch opening on the front like what you’d find on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. 


The back, however plastic, looks extravagant with a profound reflexive angle complementing the general look. The other thing you’ll see when gotten is the way light the Reno 3 Pro is. The plastic back permits the telephone to shave off a couple of grams while including a superior hold. It additionally causes it more to break safe on the off chance that you plan on utilizing it without a case. 


The catch arrangement is standard, as well, with the force button on the privilege and the volume rocker on the left. The telephone has a 3.5mm jack for all your wired earphone needs as well. 


The implicit speakers can produce medium loud yet average sound. Naturally, the speaker gets secured while holding the telephone sideways, and the low yield doesn’t help either. 

Oppo Reno 3 Pro

Flipping over to the front, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED board with Full HD+ (1080 x 2400) goal. The bezels are thin, and the sides bend to offer an agreeable hold. 


The AMOLED show renders blacks consummately at all brilliance levels. The Reno 3 Pro has a high pinnacle brilliance, which genuinely, we scarcely expected to turn to. Mostly, the most reduced brilliance was additionally generally satisfactory. 


Where the showcase wavers are with differentiating, which is on the higher side with over-honed hues, that makes things look crisper than they are, and the shading palette appears to be more fragile all in all which doesn’t help when watching recordings on the Reno 3 Pro. 


There’s an in-show unique mark scanner as well, which works very well regarding both speed and precision. We saw the open face highlights as noteworthy as well.



Oppo is focusing on the major groups with the Reno 3 Pro’s cameras. There is an aggregate of six cameras split over the front and the back. On end, you’ll discover a camera exhibit highlighting four of those cameras, with a 64MP f/1.8 essential shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide focal point, a 13MP fax, and a mono-focal point. 


That last camera, the mono-focal point, permits you to take pictures clearly, with the capacity to pull in increasingly light for higher difference, and beautiful shots. 


We discovered this component somewhat unessential, as the high contrast photographs we took from the Oppo Reno 3 Pro didn’t appear to be all that unique to those we shot on different telephones that didn’t have a monochrome focal point. 


The essential camera then has a satisfying shading tone and a decent unique range. Subtleties and sharpness are all around held, anyway differentiate missing inside that camera. 


The Oppo Reno 3 Pro likewise works superbly of distinguishing when yellow light ought to be adjusted left warm. If you need much more detail in your picture, you can take shots at 64MP. It comes at the expense of commotion; however, it is enjoyable to zoom in to. 


Through programming duplicity, you can likewise take shots at 108MP under the Expert mode. The principle camera takes various casings of a scene at that point includes more pixels. Along with these lines more detail, and consolidates all edges into a composite 108MP picture. 


It gets slight varieties of the outcomes, in any case, that could be because of manual mistakes while dialling in the settings. 


The ultra-wide shooter has the standard unique range and detail issue when shooting inside. Shooting in normal conditions makes a ton of parcel uniqueness when contrasted with the essential camera, particularly in the white parity viewpoint. 


At the opposite finish of the axial length, there’s a 2x zooming focal point. Similarly, as with most others, it battles to concentrate on close by objects forcefully; however, the outcomes do hold up for what it’s worth. 


You can make out the subtleties on account of the over-honing that attempts to make up for the product. Pictures at up to 10x are usable with the last piece conveying plain advanced zoom. Fortunately, the picture adjustment is superb, which is fundamental for taking shots at such long central lengths. 


The Oppo Reno 3 Pro likewise has EIS for shooting recordings with programming based adjustment. There is a reasonable piece of trimming to make up for the shake. Curiously, the camera shoots with the ultra-wide focal point and afterwards crops in much further. It’s a keen plan to acquire more adjustment. However, the video quality is gentler. 


On the front, we have a 44MP essential selfie shooter alongside a 2MP profundity sensor. While it might get Oppo the title of the world’s first with that combo, it’s not all that much. Detail, sharpness, and hues are mostly better than expected. Avoid the magnificence mode for progressively sensible outcomes. 


The camera application on the telephone can be tired. Every so often setting aside a considerable lot of effort to stack pictures, or get done with preparing. Shooting films in night mode likewise takes a couple of moments of handling in any event, when the outcomes may not be such not the same as the default mode.



The Oppo Reno 3 Pro isn’t a force to be reckoned with. The MediaTek Helio P95 controls it. This telephone has AI and camera capacities in its DNA, yet quick execution is an excessive amount to anticipate. 


Geekbench 5 scores of 403 (single-centre) and 1,522 (multi-centre) are disappointing and well-underneath what you’d anticipate from a cell phone at this value go. Benchmarks don’t reflect precise execution. 


You won’t notice the chip’s inadequacies with light use. For example, web-based life or perusing the web, and the responsiveness was sufficient. Toss in some asset dangerous assignments, for example, Google Sheets or Spotify, and it’s the other story. 


Gaming is an alright encounter by and large. Asset substantial games like Hearthstone take longer than you’d hope to load. You should close applications to make things run all the more easily. PUBG Mobile would run at around the 30fps blemish on the most minimal settings, a long way from Oppo’s case of “PC-like gaming”. 


HyperEngine enhancements are said to bring lower GPU inertness, yet we understand that the disappointing presentation is more to some degree because of the processor. Necessarily, don’t get this telephone if gaming is a significant piece of why you need it.


Interface and reliability 


The Reno 3 Pro sudden spikes in demand for ColorOS 7 dependent on Android 10 like most present-day Oppo telephones. Oppo’s product is a touch of a gained taste. While ColorOS 7 brings some genuinely necessary enhancements, the extensive client experience stays inconvenient and deadened. It’s still no place near-stock Android yet is moving toward the path. 


On the visual front, we get cleaner symbols, superior screen settings organize. Lovely intelligent movements that stream smoothly, and an updated quick switches menu. There’s a framework full dim mode too for increasingly visual intrigue just as battery reserve funds. 


There’s no recognizable slack while utilizing the telephone and swiping through applications yet that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be increasingly liquid. There is no alternative to bring the warning plate by swiping down on the home screen, and abnormally, notices must be swiped out from one heading.




The Oppo Reno 3 Pro’s 4,025mAh battery is respectable enough. It will last your daily gave you don’t pressure it to an extreme. With progressively traditionalist use, you can squeeze out somewhat more than a day’s utilization. Be that as it may, adding gaming to the blend took a relatively enormous cost for the battery, apparently because of the processor staying at work past 40 hours. 


In our standard battery test, which includes playing a Full HD video with the splendour wrenched to most extreme. Records synchronizing over Wi-Fi, the Reno 3 Pro lost 14% battery life. It’s an average outcome, satisfactory for most cell phones.


The Reno 3 Pro additionally bolsters the new 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0, which takes the telephone from zero to full in around an hour. It’s not at quick as Super VOOC found on Oppo’s more extravagant leaders. However, I will take your battery to 65% from void with only 30 minutes of charge.