The LG Velvet is arriving in Europe soon. It was spotted recently on LG’s official Italian website and is expected to launch in June 2020. The device is the latest launch from the South Korean company and is likely to be another attempt at revitalizing its falling smartphone business.
The 5G Snapdragon 765 phone has been listed on LG’s Italian website. The listing doesn’t give out the phone’s European price, but its specs page shows availability in June 2020. It looks like all the original Velvet colorways will be available in Europe, including Illusion Sunset, Aurora White, Aurora Gray, and Aurora Green.
We also checked LG’s other European websites in Spain, France, and a few other countries, but couldn’t find a listing for the LG Velvet. Perhaps LG Italy jumped the gun and added the phone to its roster earlier than it was supposed to.
Meanwhile, a Korean news outlet reported the LG Velvet will also be released in the US very soon. The report doesn’t mention a specific launch date for North America, but if it’s coming to Europe in June, the US launch can’t be far behind.
Of course, pricing and availability will surface in the coming days. If we convert the South-Korean price, then it’s $735 or €670.
The new LG Velvet features a new design language that will represent the company’s identity for now. According to LG, the new design language is inspired by nature. Under the hood, the phone carries the 5G-ready Snapdragon 765G chipset with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Storage. These specifications are built around a massive 6.8-inch OLED display with a waterdrop notch serving as a house for the selfie snapper. Moreover, this display offers FHD+ resolution.
Moving around to the back, we have a triple-camera array featuring a raindrop design. It’s a 48MP main shooter sitting alongside an 8MP ultrawide snapper and 5MP depth helper. The handset draws power from a 4,300mAh battery with 25W fast-charging and 9W wireless charging. Other features include IP68 certification and MIL-STD-810G compliance. Other features include Stereo Speakers and support for Dual-Screen and Stylus accessories.
While this is a decent smartphone and all, we believe that LG is once again losing a big opportunity here. The device is really expensive for what it offers. There are better offerings coming from China right now, so we don’t think that the LG Velvet will be enough to regain the company’s degrading popularity in the smartphone segment. Let’s wait for an official confirmation of the handset’s price in Europe.