LG took a novel strategy to foldable smartphones with its LG G8X ThinQ. While Samsung and Huawei had been taking a look at versatile screens that would 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 a number of benefits, resembling price saving and the dearth 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, often known as the LG Velvet 4G in worldwide markets. The Velvet is just a little totally different from the LG G8X ThinQ, which it is impressed by, however does it supply the identical form of worth? Check out my assessment to seek out out.
LG Velvet design
The LG Velvet has an even bigger main 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 consequence, holding this smartphone is not an issue however reaching the highest of the show undoubtedly is. The Velvet is comparatively skinny, measuring 7.9mm in thickness, and light-weight, 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 properly. The body of the machine is fabricated from metallic and is skinny on the edges. 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 stunning 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 straightforward to unlock the smartphone. I fairly just like the button placement on the LG Velvet – the ability button is on the proper aspect whereas the quantity buttons and the devoted Google Assistant button are on the left, they usually’re all straightforward 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 digital camera setup, positioned in a nook. Each lens is mounted individually. The main digital camera sensor is barely raised and has a protecting ring round it. LG affords the Velvet in Aurora Silver and Black. I had the previous for assessment, and it has a mirror-like end,which picked up smudges fairly 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 a giant 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 digital camera. Both panels have 60Hz refresh charges, whereas the competitors now affords 90Hz and 120Hz panels. Powering the Velvet is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which is just a little stunning 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 enlargement 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 addition.
The LG Velvet runs Android 10 with a number of customisations. It acquired an replace to the December Android safety patch throughout this assessment. 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 a number of 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 telephone didn’t push any spammy notifications through the assessment.
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, you’ll want 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 because of a characteristic referred to as Wide View. The listing of supported apps is not large however a number of Google apps now assist this characteristic. I used Google Maps and YouTube this manner, and whereas I may see twice as a lot info, it wasn’t very intuitive. The large hinge between the 2 shows is unquestionably distracting when utilizing any app.
While it’s straightforward to pop the LG Velvet into the dual-screen case, it is not very straightforward to get it out. The case offered together with the LG G8X ThinQ had a giant cutout on the again which made it very straightforward to push the telephone out. You needn’t separate the Velvet typically although, because the 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 also can use wi-fi charging, which works whereas the telephone is within the case.
The case has one other small show on the skin which exhibits primary info such because the time, date, and battery stage. It additionally exhibits icons of apps with pending notifications. I like that it lights up whenever you increase the smartphone, exhibiting you your essential info.
LG Velvet efficiency and battery life
The LG Velvet affords first rate efficiency, however this is not a really sturdy level. The dated processor will not have an effect on day-to-day utilization. I may 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, continuously switching between apps all through the day, the LG Velvet would possibly make life simpler for you.
The large major 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 partaking. 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 multiple try to work.
I ran our ordinary benchmark assessments 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 assessments. In GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase assessments , 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 telephone 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 partaking, 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 peculiar utilization, however the battery life went down barely after I used the dual-screen case. If you play a number of video games, you would possibly must plug this telephone in for charging just a little sooner. In our HD video loop check, the LG Velvet went on for 17 hours and 24 minutes which is nice contemplating its large show and the 4,300mAh battery. Charging instances had been common, with the telephone attending to 38 p.c in 30 minutes and taking just a little over an hour and a half to cost fully.
LG Velvet digital camera efficiency
The LG Velvet has a triple digital camera system consisting of a 48-megapixel wide-angle main digital camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera, and a depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel entrance digital camera 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 digital camera app is properly laid-out and you will not wrestle to seek out the proper settings. There is a handbook digital camera 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 have got the Dual Screen accent connected, you should utilize the secondary show to test photographs you have simply taken. It also can work as a viewfinder.
Daylight photographs taken with the LG Velvet had been crisp, and objects at a distance additionally had good element. The AI permits HDR robotically when taking pictures in vibrant situations. Photos had good dynamic vary however the telephone unnecessarily boosted sharpness in a number of conditions. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera affords a 120-degree discipline of view however photographs weren’t as crisp as these taken with the first digital camera.
Close-up photographs turned out properly too. In a number of photographs, I seen that the AI had boosted color a bit. Portraits had been additionally good the telephone lets you choose the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. My topics appeared sharp in these portrait photographs, with good edge detection.
The AI may detect low mild and set the digital camera up accordingly. It would take about two seconds to take a shot, and managed first rate particulars in low mild. Toggling Night mode causes the telephone to take an extended publicity shot, and you have to to maintain it regular. Photos taken in Night mode had been barely brighter and had marginally higher element, however transferring objects brought on movement blur in most photographs.
Selfies taken utilizing the LG Velvet had excellent element. There is a portrait mode as properly, which managed good edge detection and blurred the background fairly properly. Low-light selfies with a light-weight supply close by turned out properly.
Video recording tops out at 4K for the first in addition to the selfie shooter. Footage shot at 1080p in addition to 4K was properly stabilised in daylight. There is a Steady Cam mode as properly, which makes use of the ultra-wide angle digital camera for taking pictures and crops the body to scale back shakes. Footage shot in daylight with Steady Cam was secure even whereas pacing round. Low-light footage was first rate, however a shimmer impact was seen within the output because the telephone tried to use stabilisation. There is an ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) taking pictures mode as properly, which bumps up microphone sensitivity that can assist you file and amplify even delicate 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 if you’re seeking to purchase this telephone, you must 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 a substitute contemplate the OnePlus 8T (Review) at this worth stage.
The LG Velvet doesn’t have a number of direct competitors given its distinctive type issue. However, you might contemplate the LG G8X ThinQ an inexpensive various. The LG G8X ThinQ was not too long ago provided at an unlimited low cost and continues to be on sale at a lower cost than the LG Velvet.