this is the LG VELVET 5G

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The LG VELVET 5G is the latest release from the South Korean company. Far from the current trend in design lines, the manufacturer is committed to a elegant yet minimalist finish, with a rather sober aesthetic whose visual elements help to maintain the fine line between the ornate and the simple. The icing on the cake is the display, which in addition to having curves that help to improve the immersion experience, is reinforced by today’s most demanding protection standard, which we will talk about later.

All this is accompanied by a series of components that help improve the user experience of the terminal, both in the photographic section and in the use of applications and games, as we could see in our analysis a few weeks ago. But what makes this phone special is precisely the combination of all these elements and the balance between its characteristics, characteristics that we will detail below.

Sobriety and minimalism as a starting point

LG wanted to set aside current design trends with a phone that oozes elegance and minimalism on all four sides. Starting at the back, the phone uses a single piece of glass in a shiny finish. Away from camera modules and protrusions several millimeters thick, the LG VELVET 5G has four holes in its housing. These four holes are intended to house the three sensors that preside over the photographic section of the device and the LED flash.

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A little below the cameras we find the LG logo. On top of all elements we find a robust design with MIL-STD-810G military resistance. This standard consists of testing the design of the device in 6 analyzes in which its resistance to falls, exposure to extreme temperatures and immersion in liquids, vapors and materials with different degrees of danger are measured.

In other words, the phone endures any kind of adversity that comes to mind. To provide greater protection to the device, the LG VELVET 5G has water and dust resistance based on IP68 standard. This standard provides the device with the ability to hold submerged in water at a depth of one meter for 30 minutes. Yes, you read it right. 30 minutes.

All these certifications are embedded in a body that does not exceed 180 grams of weight. To put this figure in context, the average on a screen diagonal similar to that of the LG VELVET 5G usually exceeds 200 and even 220 grams. In practice, the low weight of the phone helps improve grip and feel in hand, sensations that are reinforced by the metal chassis and glass sheets that cover the screen and back cover.

OLED “cinema” screen for an unbeatable experience

If we focus on the front of the device, the LG VELVET 5G uses a 6.8-inch OLED panel with Full HD + resolution and 20.5: 9 format. The interesting thing about this panel is that it has a format, or rather, ratio, compatible with movie playback, so we will not have to zoom in to see any current series or movie.

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As if this were not enough, LG has chosen to install a Curved panel to enhance the immersive experience and grip the device in hand. This experience is also transferred to games, largely helped by the diagonal of its screen and the integrated processing unit. Thanks to the symmetrical frames that surround your screen, the interruption of the fingers on certain parts of the screen is non-existent if we are going to play games in landscape or with the phone lying on our hands.

3D stereo sound to complete the audiovisual experience

To make sense of one of the main goals of the LG VELVET 5G, the company has installed two stereo speakers across the length of the terminal. These two speakers are reinforced by 3D LG Sound technology, a system developed by the company itself to improve user immersion when playing content on the phone or playing certain titles compatible with stereo sound reproduction.

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And it is that the phone has a 3.5 mm port for headphones, something that is less and less common and that expands the possibilities of the terminal to complete the audiovisual experience. In fact, LG has integrated an equalizer in the system options that allows us to adjust the nuances of the sound frequency by frequency, whether we have connected headphones or not, since we can also configure the sound of the speakers. This equalizer is accompanied by a series of modes that help us adjust the frequencies to the type of music we listen to on the phone, as we can see in the image below.

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LG native equalizer.

Finally, the sound section of the LG VELVET 5G is reinforced by two microphones and an ASMR mode that increases impedance to better pick up the nuances of the voice. They are also reinforced by a Concert mode that allows instruments to be recorded with an astonishing degree of detail, as we can see in the two recordings we have made with the phone in our tests.

Performance according to current demands with the incentive of 5G

It is useless everything we have mentioned if the phone is not capable of offering a user experience according to current demands. In the technical section, the LG VELVET 5G uses the most powerful processor in the mid-range, the Snapdragon 765G, along with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. In other words, the phone can handle everything that is thrown at it: demanding games, use of different applications at the same time … All this with the incentive of 5G, a technology that promises to revolutionize today’s mobile networks, with peak speeds higher than what a fiber optic network can offer in 2020.

Behind all these components we find a 4,300 mAh battery. Beyond the figures in absolute terms, the autonomy offered by the LG VELVET 5G skims the day and a half of use. On the other hand, it is worth noting the presence of WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, the most recent versions that we can currently find in the market for WiFi and Bluetooth networks, not to mention the compatibility with mobile payments through NFC technology. .

Three eyes see more than two

The photographic section of the LG VELVET 5G closes the circle of balance. Following the LG philosophy in terms of sobriety and simplicity, the phone has three cameras on its back.

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The first camera serves as the main camera, with a 48-megapixel sensor and an f / 1.8 focal aperture. Combined, they promise to offer images with a high degree of detail during the day and sufficient lighting at night or on stage with a complete lighting situation. It is followed by an 8-megapixel sensor that uses a wide-angle lens to get photos with a wider field of view.

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1x. Photo taken with the main sensor of the LG VELVET 5G.

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0.5x. Photo taken with the LG VELVET 5G wide-angle camera.

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1x. Photo taken with the main sensor of the LG VELVET 5G.

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0.5x. Photo taken with the LG VELVET 5G wide-angle camera.

In practice, using a wider lens helps you improve the stabilization of videos with this camera, as it has a greater clipping margin to stabilize the scenes. In fact, the phone is counted as a mode called Steady Cam that helps precisely to get really stable scenes in environments with rough terrain. If we focus exclusively on capturing photographs, the camera gives us wider images, something quite useful in landscape photography.

The latest camera on the LG VELVET 5G uses a 5 megapixel sensor with an f / 1.9 focus aperture. This camera is intended to provide greater detail to the images captured with the Portrait mode of the LG VELVET 5G Camera application. What the sensor does is help recognize main body boundaries for a more natural field blur and close to what a professional camera can offer.

Data sheet

LG VELVET 5G
screen 6.8 inches with OLED technology, Full HD + resolution and 20.5: 9 format
Main camera – 48-megapixel main sensor and f / 1.8 focal aperture
– Secondary sensor with 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and f / 2.2 focal aperture
– 5 megapixel depth sensor and f / 2.4 focal aperture
Selfie camera 16-megapixel primary sensor with f / 1.9 focal aperture
Internal memory 128GB UFS 2.1 type
Extension Via micro SD cards
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
6 GB of RAM
Battery 4,300 mAh with fast charge
Operating system Android 10
Connections Wi-Fi 6, 4G and 5G SA and NSA, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, USB type C …
SIM nano SIM
Design Metal and glass
Colors: black, white, green and pink
Dimensions 167.1 x 74.1 x 7.85 mm and 180 grams
Featured Features IP68 protection, MIL-STD-810G military resistance, on-screen fingerprint sensor, double stereo speaker, USB type C, 5G SA and NSA …
Availability Available
Price 699 euros

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