LG Velvet 5G smartphone: in-a-nutshell review

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LG Velvet 5G smartphone: in-a-nutshell review

How does the LG Velvet 5G fare after a few updates and a price drop?

In the world of distracting, near-identical, Android-based, glass boxes the LG Velvet is notable for the following facets: It’s got a 6.8-inch OLED UHD screen, has a curved, bezel-less screen, a 4,300mWh battery and 5G.

LG Velvet 5G review - headphones
Mercifully, there's a proper headphones socket

Handling

We compared the handling to our favourite Huawei P30 Pro Android phone and found that the screen’s colours were (surprisingly) a little less vibrant – although it’s still impressive. For 2D related apps it offers similar responsiveness to the 2019 Huawei but was slightly more responsive at launching and loading.

The in-screen fingerprint reader is annoyingly slow compared to the Huawei and less accurate too. This, combined with a lack of face recognition meant that there was always a slight delay when unlocking the phone, which was minor but got annoying.

LG Velvet 5G review - rear
The LG Velvet 5G comes in glossy white, black and a red/yellow mix.

The cameras are all above average but nothing to write home about. Low light mode is OK but can’t match the Huawei’s amazing camera array.

We didn’t notice much difference in performance with 5G over a 4G phone but, while it’s nice to have 5G, the fact the large battery regularly ran out in the early evening was rather disappointing.

We do respect the choice to include a 3.5mm headphone jack which is all too often missing on premium phones. Audio enthusiasts will lament the missing quad-DAC sound enhancement that’s present on its LG siblings.

Key Specs

6.8-inch, 1,080 x 2,460, 395ppi screen. Cameras: 48-megapixel (wide), 8-megapixel (ultrawide) 5-megapixel (depth); 16-megapixel (selfie). 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core processor, Adreno 620 GPU, 128/6GB RAM, nanoSIM, microSD card, IP68 rugged rating. Android 10, microUSB, Fingerprint reader, Fixed 4,300mAh battery, 167x74x8mm, 164g. Full specs here.

Conclusion

The high launch price of the LG Velvet 5G has already dropped to the point where it can now be had for $728 which represents very good value in the premium 5G market. It’s not enough to make us give up our (similarly-priced) Huawei P30 Pro but if you’re after 5G it’s worth checking out Samsung’s (also similarly-priced) Galaxy S10 5G rival too. Ultimately, it’s not the most premium phone but it’s a solid choice at this price.

Verdict
It’s not the most dazzling premium phone but it’s a solid choice at this price.
Overall
Specs
$728 AUD
6.8-inch, 1,080 x 2,460, 395ppi screen. Cameras: 48-megapixel (wide), 8-megapixel (ultrawide) 5-megapixel (depth); 16-megapixel (selfie). 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core processor, Adreno 620 GPU, 128/6GB RAM, nanoSIM, microSD card, IP68 rugged rating. Android 10, microUSB, Fingerprint reader, Fixed 4,300mAh battery, 167x74x8mm, 164g.
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