Given the woes LG has faced in recent years, the Velvet may be a turning point for the brand as it steps down from the proven flagship space and the result is the Korean company’s more modest smartphone.
Thanks to some teasers we already knew just what to do. The 6.8-inch device comes with an FHD+ OLED panel with a tiny dewdrop notch in the top edge, just to jog your memory. Internally, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset will come with an integrated 5 G modem, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. MicroSD will expand the storage. The LG Velvet will also have a solid 4,300mAh that allows fast charging, which also provides support for Qi wireless charging.
The pointed vertical camera array at the rear comprises a 48-megapixel main sensor, an ultra-wide-angle 8-megapixel lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Unfortunately, instead of having a telephoto lens on the LG Velvet, you’ll focus on the digital zoom. A 16-megapixel selfie camera is located on the dewdrop notch.
The LG Velvet will be delivering Android 10, with Sense UI skin atop owned by Korean firms. Nonetheless, despite LG’s track record with OS updates, it’s uncertain whether or not it will get an update to Android 11 in good time. Support for styluses is included inside the software but the LG Velvet does not come with the added accessory. You’ll need to pick one up separately, instead.
As for availability, this new LG device will be shipping to South Korea sometime soon for about $700 when it goes on sale. It’ll be available in Aurora White, Aurora Gray, Aurora Green, and Sunset Illusion. LG does not have any formal plans to bring the Velvet to foreign markets, but in the coming weeks we hope to know more.