LG Velvet Latest Review
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 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
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.
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.