LG VelvetSource: LG

With so many phones that are released during a given year, it only makes sense for some of them to slip between the cracks. Other companies get fiercer, prices get more competitive, and those that aren't truly amazing often get left to the wayside.

Unfortunately, that seems to have been the case for LG for the last few years. The company makes solid devices, but a handful of quirks or missteps keep them from achieving true greatness.

2020 is here, and this time around, we have the LG Velvet (aka the successor to 2019's LG G8). This is the phone we were expecting to be called the LG G9, but LG wanted to do something a bit different rather than a traditional year-over-year upgrade.

Is the Velvet what the company needs to turn things around? Here's everything you need to know about the phone!

Underdog

LG G8

One of 2019's most overlooked phones

Can't wait for the LG Velvet to make its way to the U.S.? The G8 is still plenty powerful and capable, and you can buy it right now. It's got an OLED display, good battery life, and a top-notch headphone jack. It's not our first phone recommendation, but it's also far from the worst out there. If you're an LG fan, it's certainly worth checking out.

LG is taking a new approach to its design

LG VelvetSource: LG

Without a doubt, one of the biggest draws to the LG Velvet is its design. LG is referring to the phone's aesthetic as a new "natural" design language, and it sure is something.

The front of the device is home to a display with very minimal bezels, along with a slight curve on the edges. The three cameras on the back are also positioned quite differently from most other Android phones, with LG saying this is a "Raindrop" design with the different camera sensors descending in size to mimic "images of falling raindrops" — ending with the LED flash at the bottom.

Also present on the phone is a "3D Arc Design," with LG curving the display and rear panel for a symmetrical and "natural" in-hand feel.

The Velvet isn't drastically different from other smartphone designs, but it looks unique enough that it'll hopefully stand out better than its G-series predecessors.

This is the LG G9 by a different name

LG Velvet Official RenderSource: LG

LG's been pretty consistent with its device branding over the years, but for 2020, that's changing.

Two reports from March 27 indicated that the entire G-series branding is dead for future smartphones and that LG is shifting to a naming scheme that will highlight certain features/aspects of that particular device.

LG Velvet LogoSource: LG

Shortly after this, LG confirmed the "Velvet" name. According to the company, it's "intended to evoke images of lustrous smoothness and premium softness, two key characteristics of the new phone."

Introducing a new name/branding tactic isn't a guarantee that sales will be better for LG, but there's no denying that the G-series and V-series have gotten a little long in the tooth. The phone itself looks quite good, so maybe an exciting name to go along with it is just what LG's been needing.

Here are the specs 🤓

LG VelvetSource: LG

Along with a stand-out design, the LG Velvet also has plenty of specs to round out the experience of using it. Here's a quick look at everything it's packing.

Category LG Velvet
Operating System Android 10
Display 6.8-inch
OLED
Full HD+
20.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
5G ✔️
Rear Camera 1 48MP primary camera
Rear Camera 2 8MP ultra-wide camera
Rear Camera 3 5MP depth camera
Front Camera 16MP selfie camera
Battery 4,300 mAh battery
Charging Fast wired charging
Qi wireless charging
Ports USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
Security In-display fingerprint sensor
Durability IP68
MIL-STD-810G
Colors Aurora White
Aurora Gray
Aurora Green
Illusion Sunset

The most interesting spec on that list is the Snapdragon 765 processor. It offers almost all of the same power of the flagship Snapdragon 865, but is a more affordable chip to use. It also still allows for 5G connectivity, if that's something you're interested in.

There's talk that Google will also use the Snapdragon 765 in its upcoming Pixel 5, so it'll be interesting to see how it performs on the LG Velvet.

The Velvet is compatible with the Dual Screen accessory

LG V60 with Dual ScreenSource: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

The LG V50, G8X, and V60 have all worked with LG's polarizing Dual Screen accessory — a case for the phones that adds a second screen to them (basically turning them into a pseudo-folding phone).

LG has confirmed that the Dual Screen accessory also works with the Velvet, meaning you can add a second display to the phone if your heart desires.

On top of that, the Velvet also works with LG's Stylus Pen so that you can further transform it into a makeshift Galaxy Note alternative.

So, what about the release date and price?

LG VelvetSource: LG

LG fully unveiled the Velvet on May 7 and made it available on all major South Korean carriers that same day. In the country, the Velvet costs KRW 899,800 — or around $734 USD.

It's been confirmed that the Velvet will make its way to other global markets in the coming weeks, but it remains unclear if that includes the U.S. or not.

Assuming the Velvet does make its way to the United States, we'd expect to see a price of around $700. That puts it right in line with the OnePlus 8, while still being considerably cheaper than $1,000 flagships from Samsung and Apple.

Let's not count out the LG G8

LG G8Source: Android Central

There's no doubt that the Velvet is an interesting phone, but unless you live in South Korea, you can't go out and buy it. If you're in need of a new LG phone right now, the LG G8 is still worth your consideration.

The G8 was never a perfect phone (and still isn't), but you could also spend your money on a lot worse phones. It's built like a tank, has a really good display, reliable battery life, and excellent call quality.

LG's software is showing its age and the cameras aren't the best money can buy, but if you're an LG fan, this is a solid pickup. Also, now that the G8 has been out for a while, it isn't uncommon to find various deals and promotions for it.

Underdog

LG G8

One of 2019's most overlooked phones

Can't wait for the LG Velvet to make its way to the U.S.? The G8 is still plenty powerful and capable, and you can buy it right now. It's got an OLED display, good battery life, and a top-notch headphone jack. It's not our first phone recommendation, but it's also far from the worst out there. If you're an LG fan, it's certainly worth checking out.

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