In July 2020, LG officially unveiled its first 5G smartphone – the LG Velevt – to the South African market. The LG Velvet comes standard with a 6.8-inch P-OLED Cinematic FullVision display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, making it the first mobile device from the company to integrate an application processor and 5G connectivity.
According to Alex Katouzian, SVP of the Mobile Business Unit at Qualcomm, Powered by the Snapdragon 765G, the LG Velvet is equipped to deliver exceptional performance to meet even the most demanding 5G use cases, while also enabling intelligent multi-camera capture, high-speed gaming and all-day battery life. He added that they are excited to continue working with LG to help deliver 5G to more consumers with this truly global device.
Features of the new LG Velvet mobile
The LG Velvet offers a triple rear camera array fitted with a 48MP standard lens, 8MP wide lens as well as a 5MP depth lens. The front sports a 16MP standard lens selfie camera.
The LG Velvet offers a fully immersive mobile viewing and gaming experience thanks to a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. To limit accidental touches on the bright, slightly curved display, LG developed the Grip Suppression algorithm that identifies deliberate versus unintentional screen touches.
To match the sumptuous visuals, the device delivers realistic and detailed audio through its stereo speakers enhanced by LG 3D Sound Engine.
To meet the diverse tastes of consumers, the LG Velvet comes in a range of colours – Illusion Sunset, Aurora Green, Aurora White and Aurora Gray – with more colours such as Aurora Silver and New Black.
According to Johan Chung, executive VP of overseas sales and marketing at LG, today’s smartphone customers want and deserve more than cookie-cutter designs and tried-and-true features. In the LG Velvet, they’ve created a differentiated smartphone with a design that can’t be confused for anything else and features with unique propositions that provide considerable value. He also said that they are confident in the message the LG Velvet communicates and believe that there are customers out there who agree it’s time for a change in the way smartphones are developed and marketed.
Key Specifications of the LG Velvet mobile
- Chipset:1 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G 5G Mobile Platform
- Display: 6.8-inch 20.5:9 FHD+ P-OLED Cinematic FullVision (2,460 x 1,080 / 395ppi)
- Memory: 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
- Rear camera: Rear: 48MP 2 Standard (F1.8 / 0.8μm / 79˚) / 8MP Wide (F2.2 / 1.12μm / 120˚) / 5MP Depth (F2.4 / 1. 12μm / 81˚)
- Front camera : 16MP Standard (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 73˚)
- Battery: 4,300mAh
- Operating System: Android 10
- Network: 5G / LTE / 3G / 2G
The LG Velvet 5G smartphone is now available in South Africa for the recommended price of R13,499, while contracts begin at R699 per month.
This smartphone is now available from both MTN and Vodacom and can be used to access faster speeds on their 5G networks.
The first 500 customers who sign up to a contract for the LG Velvet 5G from Vodacom will also be able to claim the G P-OLED Multitasking Dual Screen accessory at no additional charge.
Is the mobile good for playing games?
Yes this mobile phone is good for playing games but not for long hours. Though you can fire up the latest games like Call of Duty Mobile and you’ll find they run perfectly smoothly. But the demands on the Snapdragon 765G will become apparent: it doesn’t have the grunt to push those games for a long time and will become warm, at which point performance will start to drop off. The Velvet therefore is not a gamers phone, although it will play slot games easily.
The gaming experience is boosted by some great speakers, which you won’t find on all phones, but LG is offering its take on 3D audio, which is surprisingly good – even when you’re using the Dual Screen cover.