LG Velvet Impressions (Neither Flagship nor Mid-Range):

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LG has released the LG Velvet Smartphone on 7 May 2020. It is basically a Mid-Range Smartphone with a price of around 730-750$ which makes it difficult to call a Mid-Range.

The emphasis for this smartphone was more on the design and basic needs of people. In short, this is not a smartphone that is targeted on tech enthusiasts and tech nerds.

LG mobile announced the LG velvet and released the video below:

Let’s look at the design first.

The design is definitely a step up from previous LG smartphones. It also comes in a lot of colors and also has a gradient in every color.

The colors are definitely a bit funkier for my liking but the simple grey and white are always available.

Let’s have a look at the specifications before going any further.

LG Velvet (750$)Specifications
ChipsetSD 765 (5G included)
Ram8GB
Storage128GB (UFS 2.1)
DisplayP-OLED, 1080 x 2460 pixels (~395 ppi density), 60 Hz
CamerasRear: 48 MP, f/1.8, (standard), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2160p, 1080p, gyro-EIS

Front: 16 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3.1, 1.0µm
1080p@30fps
Charging30W fast charging, 10W wireless charging
BatteryLi-Po 4300mAh
Waterproof IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
MIL-STD-810G compliant

For full specifications, visit GSMArena.

The 8GB ram, OLED display, water, and dust resistant IP68 and wireless charging are features of a Flagship smartphone. But Snapdragon 765, full HD+ screen with 60 Hz are the specifications found only in Mid-Range Smartphones these days.

The mid-range chipset Snapdragon 765 is so good that most users wouldn’t even notice the difference in performance in most of the applications compared to Flagship chipset like Snapdragon 865. I think this was a smart move, something that OnePlus should have done with the OnePlus 8 Series.

The weirdest part is the price of the smartphone. At around 750$, it is not truly in Flagship(800-1000$) or Mid-Range (400-600$).

But the good part is, LG velvet does include a headphone jack and a micro SD card slot which are rare in most smartphones these days.

One more feature that really stands out is a stylus which is only found Samsung Galaxy Note devices.

It features a special digitizer that enables a Wacom stylus support with up to 4096 pressure levels. 

For comparison, One Plus 8 costs 699$ and LG V60 costs 899$. I can’t say if the OnePlus 8 is better than the LG Velvet but I can definitely say that LG v60 is definitely better if you have 150$ more to spend.

One thing that seems to be missing from this LG smartphone is the legendary Quad DAC that we have been seeing in every LG smartphone since the release of LG G6.

Who should buy LG Velvet:

You should buy this if:

  • You want a Stylish smartphone to make an impression.
  • You don’t really care about the specifications.
  • You want Flagship features (IP68, wireless charging, etc) but also don’t want to spend 1000$.
  • You Love a stylus with a smartphone
  • You can’t live without a headphone jack.

You shouldn’t buy this if you:

  • Need the best performing smartphone
  • Want to edit or render videos on a smartphone
  • Want the best price/performance in a smartphone

Conclusion:

LG Velvet is neither a Mid-Range smartphone nor a Flagship but lies somewhere in the middle of both worlds. It is unique in its ability to combine the features of a Mid-Range as well as a Flagship Smartphone. Due to this, the audience for this type of device would be limited at the start.

Hopefully, more devices in this category will be added in the future by other smartphone manufacturers too.

Let me know what you think about the LG Velvet. I would be happy to answer any questions.

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