LG has the chops and resources to make devices that stand-out from the crowd. Unfortunately, the LG Velvet isn't that device. We know it. And you know it. It’s time for the company to revamp its software, ease up on the carrier lock-ins and more aggressively go after the competition.
The Velvet is LG's signal that it's heading towards another, more affordable but thoughtful direction. But the company should go even further. After spending time with the Velvet, I would still prefer something like the OnePlus 8 ($699 at OnePlus).
The Velvet is a stunning phone at a reasonable price, but rivals have more to offer if the DualScreen doesn't tempt you enough.
I like LG’s approach with the Velvet. It’s genuinely trying something different after years of making niche flagships, and this is a strong first attempt at a striking new design. Unfortunately, it falls short in a couple of key areas, and I think most people will probably be able to find better options. But between the Velvet and reports of even more experimental form factors, I can at least say I’m intrigued by LG’s phone design again.
With expected pricing around the US $750 mark, you could certainly do a lot worse than the LG Velvet. The Dual Screen accessory, in particular, might be its greatest asset — giving many folding-phone benefits at a much lower price. Direct rivals like the OnePlus 8 offer a better balance of specs and features around that same price point, and fans of the Dual Screen concept would be better off bagging a discounted V60.
The Velvet is a solid 5G phone with a design update that LG desperately needed to prove it could pull off.
The LG Velvet is a bold new reinvention for LG, focusing on style first and foremost.
The LG Velvet is quite possibly the best phone LG has put out in years. That’s not just because it has a nice design. That’s not because it does any one thing particularly well. It’s because for once, LG nailed the pricing. Velvet costs just $599.
Overall, both phones aren’t the most competitive phones, but they’re still LG’s best phones they have made to date, and are both definitive improvements of the company’s past attempts. Let’s hope the Velvet’s fresh redesign can also be applied to other future LG devices.
Hands on: If LG could fix the touch issues and throw in the Dual Screen case for free (as all three major US carriers did for the V60), then the Velvet could be a fun option that’s not entirely gimmicky.
Hands on: LG’s new design language works very well here and this looks a lot better than LG’s last few efforts. There’s a lot to like with the camera array, specs and feature list too, even if the software lacks polish.
Hands on: The LG Velvet is a mid-range 5G phone that costs a little too much, even compared to LG’s high-end phones of the last year or two. Its lower power chipset does not feel a huge step down, but the rear camera array is not as versatile as we would hope for at the price.