When it comes to Android phones, LG is a well-known brand, but it isn8217;t a Samsung or Google, both of which make premium handsets. To better stand out and compete with those heavyweights, LG is ditching its G series of phones and starting fresh with a new Velvet series. It8217;s also embracing a more innovative, minimalist design for its next flagship. Here8217;s everything you need to know.
LG Velvet: Name
So, after eight generations of G phones, LG wants to do something new. And it thinks a name change is what8217;s needed. In April, the company described this sort of thinking as a 8220;new branding strategy8221; via a press release:
8220;LG Electronics is answering the challenge by embarking on a new product roadmap that will emphasize distinctive designs and tactile”elegance to set itself apart . . . LG Velvet will be the first device to implement the company’s new branding strategy for its mobile devices, moving away from alphanumerical designations in favor of familiar and expressive names that will help the consumer capture the essence of the device best suited for his or her personality and ever-changing trends.8221;
LG Velvet: Release date
LG typically announces its latest G-series phone at Mobile World Congress. It did this for the LG G5, LG G6, and LG G8 (the LG G7 was unveiled in New York City in May). This year, it8217;s been reported that LG will launch the Velvet on 15 May.
LG Velvet: Price
- Could be priced the same as last year8217;s LG G8
Pricing for the Velvet has yet to leak, but the LG G8 had a starting price of $850 in the US. We suspect the Velvet could be similarly priced.
LG Velvet: Design
- Minimalist design with thin bezels
- 3D Arc Design on front and back
- 8220;Smoothness8221; and 8220;softness8221; are key characteristics
In April, LG uploaded a teaser video showing off the Velvet. It8217;s 35 seconds long and reaffirms sketches the company previously shared. It shows us the phone will be very minimalist, and it8217;ll be available in black, white, green, and a red/purple colour-changing option.
The front of the Velvet appears to have very minimal bezels with no notch and a slight curve on the edges. LG said it named the curvature of the phone8217;s front and back as 8220;3D Arc Design8221;, and it described it as exuding a 8220;more natural feeling in the hand than previous LG phones8221;.
We can8217;t help but wonder if the back of the phone will have some sort of textured option. The company8217;s press releases repeatedly hint that the phone will be “pleasing to touch8221; 8211; emphasising 8220;smoothness8221; and 8220;softness8221; will be two key characteristics of the new handset.
LG Velvet: Cameras
- Rear cameras in upper-left corner
- They8217;re laid out in a raindrop pattern
- LED flash included on back
When LG teased the Velvet8217;s design, it shared sketches showing the “raindrop” rear camera setup. It has three sensors and an LED flash in descending order by size. LG said this is 8220;meant to evoke images of falling raindrops8221;.
LG Velvet: Hardware
Specifications for the Velvet are mostly unknown. However, LG has confirmed the Velvet will be powered by Qualcomm8217;s Snapdragon 765 5G processor. Notably, the LG V60 uses the Snapdragon 865, so the Velvet will be taking a step down. But that also means it integrates 5G. And, rather than being a true flagship phone, it slips into the sub-flagship category, something that8217;s growing in popularity.
Other than that, if we had to guess, the phone should pack an OLED, as the LG G8 was the first phone in the G-series to use an OLED instead of an LCD. The Velvet will also likely feature 6GB or 8GB of RAM, as that8217;s standard for flagships and many sub-flagship smartphones.
LG Velvet: Software
The LG G8 had gimmicky software features that let you scan patterns in your hand to unlock it or control certain features simply by waving your hand. These were respectively called Air Motion and Hand ID. It8217;s unclear if these sort of features will be included with the Velvet. But, either way, expect LG8217;s next smartphone to be running the latest version of Android.
LG Velvet: What8217;s happened so far
Here8217;s everything we8217;ve heard about LG Velvet so far.
20 April 2020: LG Velvet will run Snapdragon 765, offer more distinctive design
LG is planning to release a new smartphone, choosing not to stick to the existing naming structure it has, but moving to something completely new.
9 April 2020: LG teases minimalist design for new smartphone
LG has teased the design for its forthcoming new smartphone 8211; and it is heading down a 8220;minimalist8221; route.
LG will reportedly ditch the G series branding for its next smartphone, and is also said to be looking to the past for a refreshed design.
24 March 2020: LG G9 ThinQ could launch as a sub-flagship handset
LG could be planning to move its G series into the mid-range, choosing to use Snapdragon 765G hardware.