The first thing you'll notice about the LG Velvet phone is how it strays from the electronic giant's typical business model. Namely, every LG phone before this one has launched as part of an established series of devices. The Velvet, however, is a standalone model that shows the company's willingness to experiment.
Let's take a closer look at what makes the Velvet stick out from the myriad of other phones currently available.
Dimensions: 167.2 x 74.1 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 180 grams
Screen Size: 6.8 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2460 pixels
Pixel Density: 395 PPI
GPU: Adreno 630
CPU: Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
RAM: 6 GB
Storage Capacity: 128 GB
Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
OS: Android 10 and LG UX 9
Rear Camera: 48 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 5 MP (macro)
Front Camera: 16 MP
Image Resolution: 2160p
Video: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS
USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Wireless Charging: 9W fast charger
Battery: Li-Po 4300 mAh + Fast charging 30W + Fast wireless charging 10W
The LG Velvet offers a litany of features that enhance your smartphone experience. The headphone jack, for instance, is a huge boon for anyone who loves to listen while on the move. The exterior is quite sturdy and the overall design has a satisfying sharpness to it. So, you wonâ€™t have to sacrifice durability for style.
Like many LG phones, the Velvet is compatible with the dual screen accessory. As the name implies, it allows you to attach a second screen to your device for the purpose of multitasking or playing games. Both screens have compatibility with a majority of the stylus pens on the market. Using a stylus provided both a quick and accurate response during our testing.
There are three rear cameras that work in concert to take stunning photos. While bright lighting will always yield the best results, it can take a few solid shots even in dimly lit conditions. The front camera is no slouch either; it perfectly captures the hues and tones of each object in a photo. The result is a crisp image that we've come to expect from modern phones.
Velvet keeps things simple. The MSRP is $599 to buy it outright, making it one of the cheapest devices with 5G connectivity. The rest of the specs are also quite favorable when you compare them to other phones in this price range. That being said, the Velvet won't be going toe to toe with the more expensive flagship models anytime soon.
One of the best deals on the LG Velvet comes from AT&T. You can get the phone for just $10 a month when you sign up for a new line. The payments last for 30 months and you must also remain in a contract with them for the duration of the installments. However, getting the Velvet for just $300 is a steal.
If you don't want to switch to AT&T, you can always wait for one of the common annual sale days. Events such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime Day are all great opportunities to snag any phone on the cheap. You can also have a retailer email you whenever the Velvet goes on sale; you can find this option on the product page of most online vendors.
The Final Verdict
Overall, The LG Velvet provides a solid value for a mid-range mobile device. It looks sleek and has a feature set to back up that flair. It is a great choice for anyone who wants to take advantage of 5G connection speeds without breaking the bank. This is especially true if you manage to pick one up for less than the MSRP of $599.