LG Velvet has come to the US and it's cheaper than we thought it would be18
LG had reportedly said that the Velvet will be priced less than the equivalent converted amount and the general consensus was that it will be in the neighborhood of $650. Well, it turns out that the smartphone will go for even less than that in the US as the company has now confirmed that it will start at $599.
That's not bad at all for a Snapdragon 765G-powered phone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. As you probably already know, this particular Qualcomm chip also has an in-built 5G modem.
And let's not forget, the phone is compatible with LG's Dual Screen accessory, which not only increases screen estate but also facilitates multi-tasking. To help with productivity further, the smartphone also support a stylus, which is sold separately. This makes it something of a Galaxy Note series competitor, at a fraction of its price.
The front camera is 16MP and it is housed in a teardrop notch, and the phone can shoot 4K videos at four times the resolution of HD.
The LG Velvet packs in a 4,300mAh battery and it ships with a 25W charger. Wireless charging is also supported. It's IP68 rated against water and dust and also features a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other things worth mentioning are the in-display fingerprint reader, stereo speakers, and the dedicated Google Assistant button.
LG Velvet US Availability
The phone will be available stateside starting tomorrow. It will first come to AT&T, before arriving at T-Mobile and Verizon later this summer. As has become a norm for Verizon, it will be selling a special VELVET 5G UW model so that it is compatible with its Ultra Wideband network. If speed is on your mind, you might want to wait for this particular version, as a test shows that the LG Velvet 5G UW is comparable to some Snapdragon-865 powered phones out there, which is really saying something.
Here's the first 5G speed test on the new @LGUSAMobile Velvet in @Verizon red, coming later this summer. Real talk. @Qualcomm outdid itself with the 765G chip. These are speeds I typically see only on phones with the 865 platform. Speeds aside, this is also an awesome phone. pic.twitter.com/tCFjQJ4Sz1— George Koroneos (@GLKCreative) July 21, 2020
Color options include Aurora Silver, Aurora Gray, Pink White, and Aurora Red. The native memory can be expanded, thanks to support for microSD card up to 2TB. The handset runs Android 10 with the company's custom skin on top. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the 8GB model will be sold in the country.