LG Velvet - initial impressions

The LG Velvet.  Interesting.  LG has had some odd names for its devices in the past.  

Eschewing the G or the V, the new line, the "Velvet" has gone with a "sleek chic design" over flag specwars option.  And it shows.

LG held a special virtual event for some of the reviewers and they sent over a sepcial box.  Again, showing that they are prizing style and design for this phone.

So, yeah, that's not the typical unboxing on this channel... not often am I unboxing a red velvet cookie.  MM... that was tasty.  The glasses made my eyes hurt tho'.

Anyways, so we watched the demonstration and they talked a fair bit about how this model of a device is meant more for the 'style', for the near everyday user who wants style and some cool features than to be bombarded with specs they'll never use.

They hyped some of the features, but we do not yet know the price nor the date.  So stay tuned.

Let's take a look at what you get for specs of this LG Velvet 5G:

  • 6.8" @ 2460x1080
    • Teardrop notch
    • Fingerprint in display
    • HDR10
  • Snapdragon 765
    • 2.4GHz x1 + 2.2GHz x1 + 1.8GHz x6
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage + microSD (2TB max)
  • Rear: 48MP (f/1.8, 0.8µm, 79°) + 8MP (f/2.2 / 1.12µm, 120°)
    • [5MP depth camera f/2.4, 1.12µm, 81°]
  • Front: 16MP (f/1.9, 1.0µm, 73°)
  • 4300mAh
    • Qi fast charging capable
  • IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
  • Headphone jack

We've definitely seen BETTER specs out there, but it would be negligible if you would notice the difference.  

To me, the sensor sizes has me a little worried, but LG has always found a way to take great photos.

As in my initial video says, some of striking notes I had were:

  • Glad it kept Qi
  • Fingerprint in display is nice, at the right spot for me.  Not a needed feature for me, but depending on the price point will be a nice added incentive.
  • Design is very neat and sleek, the curved edges meet almost to a knife edge.
  • This thing is tall
  • Interesting features for the microphone - voice bokeh is a new term and something that it's surprising it's taken this long to have someone call attention to it.
    • ASMR mode?  Okay, then
  • Seems to handle most things I've thrown at it so far without a noticeable lag.
  • Camera has been more than satisfactory, including its night mode.
    • It must be noted that the main camera of 48MP is pixel binning of 12MP so the effect is 48MP 1.6µm

Looking forward to running it through a few more paces and tests before giving it the full review.  I have another week or so to play with it.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to drop me a line.

Here's their media release back from July 16th.