LG Velvet review: LG steers towards another direction, but it doesn’t go far enough

With the 5G-enabled LG Velvet, the South Korean phone-maker is trying something new. The Velvet doesn’t belong to any of the company’s established lines, like the G- and V- series. It looks different than most LG phones and at an expected price of $600 to $700 for the US, it’s more affordable than LG’s G8 and V60. International prices aren’t available but it’s about £600 or AU$1,100, converted from South Korean won.

Like

  • Sleek design
  • Headphone jack
  • Good battery life so far

Don’t Like

  • No new standalone software features
  • Fingerprint reader is finicky

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 $700 OnePlus 8 ($699 at OnePlus). While it doesn’t have a headphone jack or work with a secondary screen accessory like

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