In the smartphone section, LG has been constantly trying to get a better grip but in the past, we have seen the ThinQ series of the company was not able to get much attention of the customers although they were decent phones. The price segment in which LG has been launching phones is dominated by the likes of OnePlus, Google, iPhone, and the latest launch from the company is also a premium range smartphone which is LG Velvet. The new LG Velvet comes with changes in its looks which deviate from the previous LG phones which is a good point to start with and there are other several features that the new LG Velvet has to offer which we will be unveiling in this review ours. Also, it is going to be very tough for the new LG Velvet to convince the users as this year already has seen some power-packed phones from OnePlus in the premium segment.
The new LG Velvet holds a tall and slim look with a fluorescent body color which looks very eye appealing. The phone has a metal-glass sandwich design with both the front and rear sides are being curved which is adding more to the beauty of the phone. The phone feels light in hand and you can easily use the phone for a longer period as it has a better grip as well. The back of the device is fairly minimalistic, covered in colorful Gorilla Glass and a new camera array. The cameras are supposed to represent a falling droplet of water, and I think the company managed to achieve that as the sensors do not bulge and the sensors are arranged in decreasing order to represent the water droplets. The front fascia is dominated by the tall screen with a dewdrop notch at the top. The right side of the phone houses the power button, while on the left you’ll find volume buttons and a Google Assistant key. You’ll find a SIM card tray with microSD card expansion on top of the phone, and a USB-C port, speaker, and headphone jack on the bottom. The fingerprint sensor is inbuilt in the display which has a very quick response rate. LG Velvet comes with IP68 Water & Dust Resistant.
The LG Velvet has a P-OLED 6.8-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 20.5:9 and a resolution of 2460×1080. The screen produces very clear, vibrant colors, adding more fun to your viewing experience. We find that it has an extremely specific color temperature in our testing and the details were very accurate. The viewing space is no issue as the phone comes with an additional display with the velvet material. The gaming experience is quite good as well as the games ran very smoothly on the screen. The brightness level is good as well and the screen is easily visible under bright daylight. For the LG Velvet, LG provides a Dual Screen case that incorporates a second 6.8-inch screen to the regular monitor of the Velvet. To run applications side by side or in some situations, through a full screen, you can use this second screen. Each of the screens can be turned into a simulated gamepad for gamers. In the Dual Screen case, there is also a 2.1-inch display where alerts and other information can appear. If the whole gizmo needs to be charged as is, you need to use the optional magnetic charging tip. LG has a custom web browser called “Whale for LG Dual Screen” created especially for its Dual Screen. This is one of the few Big Mode applications and a convenient way to multitask. Perhaps its signature function is that it can open on the other monitor by double-tapping a connection easily. Although you can have a Chrome instance open on each device, it doesn’t make this handoff possible.
For every game, LG has made it easy to completely configure a gamepad mapped to touch controls. You can also use any of the included gamepad settings including console, raving, arcade, standard, custom for compatible games if the game supports a Bluetooth controller. It is not as effective as having a real controller, but it improves the gameplay experience greatly. The dual-screen has consistent advantages and downsides and the Velvet design has not improved. The drawbacks include bulkiness, increased power usage, and possible inconvenience when the phone needs to be charged.
The new LG Velvet comes with three rear sensors where the main sensor is a Samsung 48MP TetraCell imager, which outputs 12MP images by default. It has a focus range of 26mm equal in film camera terms of 35mm and an opening of 1,8 mm. Autofocus is based on phase detection, no optical image stabilization is present. The second sensor is an 8MP ultra-wide lens combined with an f/2.2 aperture and equivalent lens of 15 mm. The autofocus in the second sensor is not present. A 5MP depth-sensing module with an f/2.4 aperture is the third sensor of the LG Velvet. You get a front-facing 16MP camera with a 29mm equivalent lens with an f/1.9 aperture for selfies. The images captured by the rear sensors are very detailed with proper detailing of colors and accuracy of the objects being captured. The Auto-scene optimizer can configure the scene-specific parameters. We found it to offer a boost to colors particularly evident in the blues of the skies and the greens of the leaves. At the cost of a reduction in dynamic range and a slight decline in brightness, the 48MP mode will provide you with some extra information in bright daylight. The ultra-wide-angle cam on the Velvet does a decent job. The shots are very smooth, the dynamic range is strong and the colors are cool. The macro shots are also very good and well detailed. The images captured at night though lose some details which I will put in the category of average images. The phone has Night view mode to allow you to capture more clear and detailed images. The presence of some level of noise effect could be noticed in the images captured at night especially when the resolution is increased. On the other hand, selfies from Velvet are very nice. Despite the lack of autofocus, in bright light, LG got the distance right and the photos normally turn out to be excellently sharp. Portrait shots captured from the selfie sensors are also very fine, and the subject isolation is almost as good as one would realistically expect.
Velvet captures video in up to 4K at 30fps with its mainframe, 1080p at 30fps and 60fps are available as well. The ultra-large coverage is limited to 1080p at 30fps. There is no 2x zoom degree while shooting videos, which is a little strange. Video stabilization is available on both the main cam ad the ultrawide. 4K and 1080p/30fps from the main cam are nicely smooth, with walking-induced shake ironed out almost completely.
The Velvet runs on Android 10 with the company’s custom LG UX on top. With no complex menus or an infinite list of settings, the interface is clean and basic. The universal dark mode, which LG calls the Night Theme, is integrated into Android 10. The interface, menus, and key LG applications such as the dialer, notifications, contacts, etc are blacked out. Third-party applications enabled will also switch to their related dark modes.
LG Velvet is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC processor. The processor smoothly carries out every task and day to day apps ran without any glitch. The processor undoubtedly is powerful but looking at the competition in the price segment under which the phone falls seems quite outdated. The company could have gone for the latest processor like 865 or 855. The graphic output of the phone is quite good and the games of high requirements ran in their top quality. There is no 90Hz or 120HZ refresh rate but still, the touch experience is quite good. LG velvet comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. The internal storage can be expanded by placing a microSD card in the hybrid SIM tray by compromising one of the SIM slots.
LG Velvet has a battery power of 4,300mAh which holds the capability to last a whole day. During our review period, we were able to use the phone throughout the day with a single charge. But if you want to use intensely like playing games for 4-5 hours and watching movies then you have to plug-in the phone to the charger once again. The new LG Velvet comes with a 16.2W adapter and an announced 25W charging support. The Velvet has a wireless charge capacity and is accredited as the Qi standard for the extended power profile.
LG Velvet holds a bag mixed of features which go nowhere in this brutal competition. LG Velvet has the most gorgeous looking super smooth display but the metallic back design is blunt and does not offer a sense of premium-ness. The dual screen smartphone has niche buyers and is actually good for gamers and binge watchers. The cameras on the phone do good overall but do not amaze. The processor is toned down at this moment. LG could have used 865 or at least 855 to make it count. The battery backup on the single screen is sufficient. Overall, the LG Velvet costs around Rs 36,990, which makes it a good deal. Remember, it was launched just around Rs 50K.