LG Velvet 4G variant with two-year-old Snapdragon 845 SoC is reportedly on its way
What you need to know
- LG is reportedly developing a 4G variant of its mid-range Velvet phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor.
- The 4G LG Velvet is tipped to be 20% cheaper than the 5G-enabled variant.
- LG is expected to launch the 4G variant of the Velvet in the Middle East and South America.
LG took the wraps off the Velvet last month, the first smartphone to feature its new minimalistic design language. While the LG Velvet isn't a flagship-grade product like the V60 ThinQ, it does come with 5G connectivity and supports the company's Dual Screen accessory. Now, a new leak suggests LG is planning to launch a 4G variant of the premium mid-range phone with a two-year-old chipset and a lower price tag.
According to Iranian tech site Toranji.ir, the 4G variant of the LG Velvet will be powered by a Snapdragon 845, the same chipset that is used in the LG G7. While it lacks 5G support, the Snapdragon 845 offers similar CPU performance as the Snapdragon 765 under the hood of the LG Velvet 5G and has a faster GPU. Thanks to the older chipset, however, the LG Velvet 4G may not receive updates for as long as the 5G model. As noted by GSMArena, LG launched a new phone with a Snapdragon 845 chipset in Japan earlier this year, so it is certainly plausible that a Snapdragon 845-powered version of the Velvet is on its way.
The 4G version of the Velvet is said to be 20% cheaper than the 5G version, so it could retail for around $600. Apart from the Middle East, the smartphone is likely to be launched in select markets across South America as well. Unfortunately, there is no word on exactly when the LG Velvet 4G will be formally unveiled.
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Who is this phone for? I can't think of a reason anyone would buy it.
I can :) But not at the projected price.
Why the 845processer, alittle outdated don't ya think?
For the right price, that phones a beast. For the right price.
The 845 is no slouch. Some phones with the 855 were slower, depending on the optimization. The Oneplus 6T and HTC U12+ were both faster than the newer Galaxy S10. Even right now, the U12 can multitask and encode a 5GB video file in the background, while playing a graphics intensive game smoother than an iPhone 7. I do question the price though.
Although the 845 will run fine, the lack of software updates for the old processor after a year makes this a baffling choice.
20% cheaper than the 5G version? Sounds like another overpriced phone from LG. Man, this company just can do no right.
They did actually do right with the V60 but that's about it.
Buy the LG V35 Thinq for $249 unlocked with S845. No one needs 5G right now and why spend $500-600 on that phone when you can get the same phone for less than half the price. The V40 if you want a bigger screen is $299-$349. It's crazy to spend mega prices on these new phones when for most people the S845 is plenty of processor.
That awkward moment when you paid less than $300 for a 1+6T which is arguably a better phone.