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LG Velvet has 5G support and cinematic display, coming to Asia

By Liu Hongzuo - on 26 Jun 2020, 12:14pm

LG Velvet has 5G support and cinematic display, coming to Asia

LG Velvet.

After much teasing, the Korean electronics conglomerate finally unveiled the specs of the LG Velvet smartphone. Their press statement marks Asia as a part of its commercial rollout in the third wave, with South Korea being the first-to-market and selected European countries second in the list.

The LG Velvet is an Android 10 smartphone with 5G support, with the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset responsible for the 5G capabilities and overall performance of the phone. The display is a 6.8-inch P-OLED display rated at Full HD+ (2,460 x 1,080 pixels resolution). As a part of its cinematic-like experience, the display has a 20.5:9 aspect ratio and stereo speakers powered by LG's 3D Sound Engine. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack.

3D Arc Design on the LG Velvet, which includes individual 'raindrop' camera housing per lens on the rear.

As mentioned in earlier leaks, LG Velvet mainly focuses on its design language (3D Arc Design). Besides having a smooth, polished surface and multiple "raindrop" camera housing on the rear, LG also developed a Grip Suppression algorithm to go with its display. Since it's slightly curved down the sides, the algorithm is meant to prevent accidental touch input, which is a common pain point for many curved display phones in the market.

A smartphone today is not complete without talking about its imaging prowess. LG Velvet uses a triple rear camera system led by a 48MP primary shooter with 0.8μm pixel size and f/1.8 aperture. The supporting cameras are a wide-angle 8MP, f/2.2 aperture lens with 120-degree field-of-view, and a 5MP depth camera (1.12μm, f/2.4 aperture) for artistically blurry shots (bokeh). LG calls its camera system the LG Creator's Kit, which encompasses both the camera systems and its two high-sensitivity recording microphones called ASMR Recording.

Other specs include an in-display fingerprint sensor, 4,300mAh battery capacity, 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, as well as the ability to take in expandable storage (microSD card, up to 2TB).

LG Dual Screen for the LG Velvet, sold separately.

The LG Dual Screen also makes a return, this time with device compatibility with the LG Velvet. It has a matching display paired with a 360-degree hinge. Unfortunately, it's sold separately from the LG Velvet, with no further official details.

The only LG Velvet detail still up in the air is its Singapore availability and the final local pricing. The US market is anticipating that it would debut at around US$750 (~S$1,043), which feels pretty pricey for a phone with a mid-range processor, but we won't know until we try.

Source: LG