LG took a singular strategy to foldable smartphones with its LG G8X ThinQ. While Samsung and Huawei have been taking a look at versatile screens that might unfold to show a smartphone right into a pill, LG merely slapped on a case with a second show to double the display screen actual property you get. This had just a few benefits, akin to value saving and the shortage of a posh mechanism which made the G8X ThinQ loads much less delicate than folding telephones. Now, the corporate has taken this strategy but once more with the LG Velvet, also called the LG Velvet 4G in worldwide markets. The Velvet is a bit of totally different from the LG G8X ThinQ, which it is impressed by, however does it provide the identical type of worth? Check out my overview to search out out.
LG Velvet design
The LG Velvet has an even bigger major display screen than the LG G8X ThinQ (Review). It measures 6.Eight inches and has a taller 20.5:9 side ratio, which makes the LG Velvet tall however slender. As a end result, holding this smartphone is not an issue however reaching the highest of the show positively is. The Velvet is comparatively skinny, measuring 7.9mm in thickness, and lightweight, tipping the scales at 180g. Its show curves across the sides, reminding me of some Samsung Galaxy S sequence smartphones. The again is curved on the edges as nicely. The body of the system is manufactured from steel and is skinny on the perimeters. The LG Velvet does really feel premium, total.
The bezels on the LG Velvet are fairly skinny however the presence of a dewdrop notch is shocking contemplating that hole-punch shows are the flavour of the season. You do get an in-display CMOS fingerprint sensor. It is well-positioned, making it simple to unlock the smartphone. I fairly just like the button placement on the LG Velvet – the facility button is on the best aspect whereas the amount buttons and the devoted Google Assistant button are on the left, they usually’re all simple to succeed in. The SIM tray is on the highest together with the secondary microphone, whereas the USB Type-C port, loudspeaker, and three.5mm headphone jack are on the backside.
At the again, the LG Velvet has a triple digicam setup, positioned in a nook. Each lens is mounted individually. The major digicam sensor is barely raised and has a protecting ring round it. LG presents the Velvet in Aurora Silver and Black. I had the previous for overview, and it has a mirror-like end,which picked up smudges relatively simply.
LG advertisers Quick Charge 3.0 25W quick charging assist however you solely get a 16.2W charger within the field. The Velvet packs in a 4300mAh battery and it’s IP68 rated for mud and water resistance, together with MIL-STD-810G certification. The LG Velvet is priced at Rs. 36,990 in India by itself, and it may be purchased together with the dual-screen accent for Rs. 44,990. The accent by itself prices Rs. 13,000.
LG Velvet specs and software program
The LG Velvet has an enormous 6.8-inch P-OLED show with a decision of 2460 x 1080 pixels. The dual-screen accent additionally has the identical show specs, together with a notch with no digicam. Both panels have 60Hz refresh charges, whereas the competitors now presents 90Hz and 120Hz panels. Powering the Velvet is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which is a bit of shocking now, contemplating that it is dated and won’t carry out in addition to current-day chips. The LG G8X ThinkQ had the extra highly effective Snapdragon 855 SoC. On the LG Velvet you get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, with no variants. There’s a hybrid dual-SIM tray which permits storage growth at the price of a second SIM. Connectivity choices on the LG Velvet embody Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, and twin 4G VoLTE. It additionally will get stereo audio system that are a great addition.
The LG Velvet runs Android 10 with just a few customisations. It acquired an replace to the December Android safety patch throughout this overview. The UI is straightforward to make use of and I didn’t face any points. You can allow an app drawer or have all of the app icons on the house display screen. Apart from just a few LG and Google apps, the Velvet does have some preinstalled bloatware together with Facebook, Instagram, Whale browser, Booking.com, Asphalt 9, Modern Combat 5, DH5, and Sniper Fury. The cellphone didn’t push any spammy notifications throughout the overview.
LG Velvet Dual Screen accent
I did use the dual-screen accent that LG supplied with the Velvet, and the general expertise jogged my memory of my time with the LG G8X ThinQ. After popping the Velvet into the case, it’s worthwhile to allow the second display screen utilizing a toggle within the Quick Settings panel. You can use sure apps throughout each shows like they seem to be a single massive display screen due to a function referred to as Wide View. The checklist of supported apps is not large however a number of Google apps now assist this function. I used Google Maps and YouTube this fashion, and whereas I might see twice as a lot data, it wasn’t very intuitive. The huge hinge between the 2 shows is unquestionably distracting when utilizing any app.
While it’s simple to pop the LG Velvet into the dual-screen case, it is not very simple to get it out. The case bought together with the LG G8X ThinQ had an enormous cutout on the again which made it very simple to push the cellphone out. You needn’t separate the Velvet usually although, for the reason that case has pins on the backside to cost the smartphone. The case comes with a tiny connector that snaps on to your USB Type-C cable and makes contact with the pins magnetically. You may also use wi-fi charging, which works whereas the cellphone is within the case.
The case has one other small show on the surface which exhibits primary data such because the time, date, and battery stage. It additionally exhibits icons of apps with pending notifications. I like that it lights up while you increase the smartphone, exhibiting you your necessary data.
LG Velvet efficiency and battery life
The LG Velvet presents respectable efficiency, however this is not a really sturdy level. The dated processor will not have an effect on day-to-day utilization. I might go about utilizing apps and multitasking with none noticeable lag. With the dual-screen accent, multitasking is considerably simpler as you’ll be able to have two apps working aspect by aspect with none hiccups. If you’re a multitasker, continually switching between apps all through the day, the LG Velvet may make life simpler for you.
The huge essential show on the LG Velvet is unquestionably a bonus for content material consumption. To add to that, the stereo audio system do make watching movies and enjoying video games extra participating. LG has an audio enhancement referred to as 3D Sound Engine which makes a noticeable distinction to audio high quality. The in-display fingerprint scanner is fast and by no means wanted a couple of try and work.
I ran our normal benchmark checks to see how the LG Velvet fares. It managed to attain 318,732 in AnTuTu, in addition to 516 and a couple of,209 factors respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks. In GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase checks , it managed 60fps and 29fps respectively. These benchmark scores are decrease than these of the LG G8X ThinQ.
I performed Call of Duty Mobile on the LG Velvet and it defaulted to the Very High graphics high quality and High body price settings. The sport was playable at these settings with none points. However, the battery does drain at a excessive price at these settings, and the cellphone was down by Four p.c in simply 10 minutes of gameplay. It additionally acquired heat after enjoying for 20 minutes. You can play video games utilizing the secondary show as a controller. Some video games assist this natively, and for others, you’ll be able to map on-screen buttons manually. I performed Asphalt 9 utilizing the controller and it felt participating, though not as a lot because the triggers on some gaming smartphones.
The LG Velvet lasted me a couple of day and a half with strange utilization, however the battery life went down barely once I used the dual-screen case. If you play a number of video games, you may have to plug this cellphone in for charging a bit of sooner. In our HD video loop take a look at, the LG Velvet went on for 17 hours and 24 minutes which is sweet contemplating its huge show and the 4,300mAh battery. Charging occasions have been common, with the cellphone attending to 38 p.c in 30 minutes and taking a bit of over an hour and a half to cost fully.
LG Velvet digicam efficiency
The LG Velvet has a triple digicam system consisting of a 48-megapixel wide-angle major digicam, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam, and a depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel entrance digicam within the dewdrop notch. The LG Velvet captures photographs at 12-megapixel decision by default, however you do get the choice to take them on the full 48-megapixel decision. The digicam app is nicely laid-out and you will not wrestle to search out the best settings. There is a guide digicam mode that permits you to tweak settings. I discovered the LG Velvet to be fast to focus with equally quick AI scene recognition. If you’ve gotten the Dual Screen accent connected, you should use the secondary show to examine photographs you have simply taken. It may also work as a viewfinder.
Daylight pictures taken with the LG Velvet have been crisp, and objects at a distance additionally had good element. The AI allows HDR robotically when capturing in shiny situations. Photos had good dynamic vary however the cellphone unnecessarily boosted sharpness in just a few conditions. The ultra-wide-angle digicam presents a 120-degree subject of view however photographs weren’t as crisp as these taken with the first digicam.
Close-up pictures turned out nicely too. In just a few pictures, I seen that the AI had boosted color a bit. Portraits have been additionally good the cellphone lets you choose the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. My topics appeared sharp in these portrait pictures, with good edge detection.
The AI might detect low gentle and set the digicam up accordingly. It would take about two seconds to take a shot, and managed respectable particulars in low gentle. Toggling Night mode causes the cellphone to take an extended publicity shot, and you will want to maintain it regular. Photos taken in Night mode have been barely brighter and had marginally higher element, however shifting objects brought about movement blur in most photographs.
Selfies taken utilizing the LG Velvet had superb element. There is a portrait mode as nicely, which managed good edge detection and blurred the background fairly nicely. Low-light selfies with a light-weight supply close by turned out nicely.
Video recording tops out at 4K for the first in addition to the selfie shooter. Footage shot at 1080p in addition to 4K was nicely stabilised in daylight. There is a Steady Cam mode as nicely, which makes use of the ultra-wide angle digicam for capturing and crops the body to cut back shakes. Footage shot in daylight with Steady Cam was secure even whereas pacing round. Low-light footage was respectable, however a shimmer impact was seen within the output because the cellphone tried to use stabilisation. There is an ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) capturing mode as nicely, which bumps up microphone sensitivity that can assist you file and amplify even gentle sounds
While LG’s thought of a foldable smartphone is cost-effective, it doesn’t have the identical wow issue as true foldable telephones such because the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It will enchantment primarily to multitaskers who ought to be capable of reap the benefits of the twin show setup. The USP of the LG Velvet is its dual-screen accent, and in case you are seeking to purchase this cellphone, it’s best to get the bundle. Outright efficiency is one thing that the LG Velvet is lacking out on although, and if that is what you need, you might as an alternative contemplate the OnePlus 8T (Review) at this worth stage.
The LG Velvet doesn’t have a number of direct competitors given its distinctive kind issue. However, you might contemplate the LG G8X ThinQ an reasonably priced various. The LG G8X ThinQ was not too long ago supplied at an unlimited low cost and continues to be on sale at a lower cost than the LG Velvet.