What you need to know
- The LG Velvet has finally launched on T-Mobile.
- It'll go on sale from September 10 for $24.50 a month or $588 at full retail price.
- LG is swapping out the Snapdragon 765 for a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chip.
LG is finally bringing the Velvet to T-Mobile after launching on AT&T and Verizon earlier this year. The smartphone will make a debut in Aurora Gray and Pink White to match the carrier's colors, but it'll also have something else to set it aside. T-Mobile's Velvet will be dropping the Snapdragon 765G processor for MediaTek's Dimensity 1000C, a new member of the Dimensity 1000 series built for the U.S. market.
The Dimensity 1000 series was announced late in 2019, with President Joe Chen saying:
While the Dimensity 1000 chip has shipped in phones outside the U.S. like the Redmi K30 Ultra, this is the first time it'll be powering a relatively mainstream phone which already has a widely reviewed Snapdragon model. T-Mobile and MediaTek collaborated on this device, with the latter adding features like dual-display support to accomodate the Velvet.
Dr. Yenchi Lee, Deputy General Manager of MediaTek's Wireless Communications Business Unit. said:
T-Mobile is offering the Velvet for $24.50 a month or $588 if you'd prefer to pay full retail.
The LG Velvet is a revamp of LG's mobile line. It's thoughtfully designed both when it comes to hardware and software. It still has its flaws, but the price makes those easy to overlook.
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