LG Velvet 

price₹ 44,990 onwards

launchOct, 2020

76.8

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63.1

value for money score

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Design

  • Looks dazzling with its shiny, reflective back - from the shape of the body to the camera array to the colours, the Velvet signals something new
  • The front looks sharp and gorgeous, the glass curves at the sides, giving it some character - you can easily mistake it for a flagship
  • The LG Velvet feels thin, light, and balanced - it is a treat to hold in the hand
  • There’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button
  • IP68 water and dust resistance, a rarity to find in this price range
  • The highly glossy back is, of course, a fingerprint magnet
  • There is also an optical fingerprint reader under the screen and it's a tad slower than other phones in this price

Display

  • Large, vivid and bright 6.8-in P-OLED display - it’s immersive and a pleasure to behold, the colours are close to natural and it’s plenty sharp
  • It supports HDR and Full HD Netflix at launch, watching content on the screen a great experience
  • A high refresh rate is missing from the display and lacks the smooth scrolling appearance of a OnePlus 8 or 8T

Software

  • LG hasn't made any major improvements in its software, the LG Velvet runs on the LG UX 10 based on Android 10 - LG’s interface is not the most visually coherent, a lack of visual consistency between parts like the settings menu and the feature toggles drop-down cheapens the overall experience

Performance

  • Good performance from the Snapdragon 765G - day-to-day usage is decent, app loads are near-instant and heavy games like Call of Duty: Mobile run extremely well at ‘high’ graphics
  • LG's software and hardware doesn't feel well optimised, in day-to-day use, there's some delay and stuttering when switching between apps, and opening menus is often delayed

Cameras

  • Decent set of triple cameras at the back - a 48MP primary module, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP auxiliary cam for depth
  • The Velvet takes overall pleasing photos with its main cam, colours are nice and punchy, the images have a distinctly contrasty look and phone resolves good detail
  • Portrait mode on the Velvet works decently, it isn't the most accurate performer, but it gets the job done
  • 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 (though, it isn't the best performer by any means)
  • Selfies from the Velvet, are properly good - LG got the distance right and the images usually turn out excellently sharp in bright light - Portraits are very good as well, subject separation is about as good as one can reasonably expect from a single cam solution
  • The ultra-wide camera is disappointing, as the low-resolution sensor leaves most fine textures and details missing, or over-smoothed
  • Overall, the camera system on the LG Velvet gets the job done, but it’s far from one of the best systems you’ll find in this price - if you want a top-class camera on your smartphone, you’ll have to look elsewhere

Audio

  • The phone also has solid stereo speakers
  • Rocks the good ol' 3.5mm headphone jack

Accessories

  • LG Dual Screen Case adds an extra display to the Velvet, identical to the main display - the case is like giving your laptop an extra screen, it helps you with multi-tasking, you can simultaneously open 2 apps on each screen or have a different part of an app open on both screen - it also comes handy in gaming, where you can have your controls on one screen and the actual game on the different screen (though, not all apps support it)
  • The LG Velvet also supports a stylus (sold separately), which adds additional functionality, just like the Samsung Note series

Battery

  • Good battery life from the 4300 mAh battery - it tends to last a full day of moderate use, with little left in the tank by the end
  • Supports up to 9W fast wireless charging
  • The phone supports up to 25W Fast charging but only comes with a 15W charger in the box, which isn't very fast - it takes the bundled charger more than 2 hours to fully charge the phone

Verdict

  • The LG Velvet doesn't offer any fancy bells and whistles such as a high refresh rate display, super-fast charging, or periscope cameras, that doesn’t mean it’s bad - it just leaves a lot to be desired in a world where competition is sky high
  • There are better options available that offer much more at this price, like the OnePlus 8

Expert Reviews

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  1. If you value style on top of everything, the Velvet will fit nicely
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's an attractive-looking handset with a decent camera and a gorgeous, big screen, but there are better options available
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Velvet is LG's best-looking phone in a while, but LG didn't go far enough
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Smooth looks alone can't make this Android phone stand out in a very crowded and competitive field
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Luxury on the outside, less so on the inside
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The LG Velvet is a bold new reinvention for LG, focusing on style first and foremost
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
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LG Velvet Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.8 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2460 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Display TypeOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.4 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 620
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4300 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 25W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight180 gmMedium
Thickness7.9 mmMedium
Width74.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/2.0" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size; PDAF
  • 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 120-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" sensor size; 1.12um pixel size
  • 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth sensor
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps
  • EIS
Secondary Camera16MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/1.9 aperture
  • 1/3.06 sensor size
  • 1.0um pixel size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • MIL-STD-810G Compliant
  • UFS 2.1 Storage
  • 9W Fast wireless charging
  • Quick Charge 4.0+
  • USB Power Delivery 3.0
  • In-display fingerprint sensor

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