LG has officially revealed its Velvet smartphone ahead of time. The device was supposed to be officially unveiled on May 7, and it will be, globally. LG, however, decided to jump the gun, and unveil the phone on its official Korean website.
So, just to be clear, the official launch will still happen on May 7, even though we have all the details now, pretty much. The LG Velvet looks exactly as LG’s teasers and leaks suggested.
This phone features LG’s new design language, which actually looks quite familiar. Many smartphones out there featured a similar design. What’s new here, is the ‘raindrop’ camera setup on the back. It’s also worth noting that LG calls this design the ‘3D arc design’.
The LG Velvet features a ‘raindrop’ camera design
LG ushered in this new camera design to line up camera sensors from the largest to the smallest (top to bottom). This handset is made out of metal and glass, and it features a curved display, and a curved back.
The phone is actually symmetrical, and it includes a dewdrop notch on the front. That notch is extremely small, while the phone’s bezels are almost non-existent. Its top and bottom bezels are the same thickness, as are its side bezels.
This phone includes three cameras on the back, and a single camera on the front. Its power / lock key is included on the right, while the volume up and down buttons are on the left.
The device features a 6.8-inch fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED display with 20.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 765G 64-bit octa-core processor, and it supports 5G.
The LG Velvet includes 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You can expand this storage via a microSD card, up to 1TB. Android 10 comes pre-installed on the device, while the phone offers two SIM card slots.
A 4,300mAh battery is included in the phone, and it supports fast charging. It also supports 10W wireless charging, by the way. Bluetooth 5.1 is also included, as is an NFC chip, and a Type-C USB port.
The phone does have a 3.5mm headphone jack
The phone offers an in-display fingerprint scanner, and stereo speakers. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also a part of the package. Speaking of which, the LG Velvet has Artificial Intelligence Sound that automatically analyzes the content being played, and sets the optical audio quality.
The phone does come with support for LG Dual Screen and Stylus Pen accessories, both of which are sold separately, by the way.
A 48-megapixel main camera is backed by an 8-megapixel ultrawide one. A 5-megapixel depth sensor is also included on the back. A single 16-megapixel camera sits on the front side of the device.
The phone’s camera setup takes advantage of quad pixel binning technology for low light shots. The phone is also able to individually separate background noise and voice when shooting video. It also supports ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) recording feature.
The device comes in Aurora Gray, Aurora Green, Aurora White, and Illusion Sunset color variants. The phone will get its global announcement on May 7, and become available on May 15 in Korea. Global availability will probably be announced on May 7.