The LG Velvet has been in the news for quite a while now. The new smartphone that was announced late last month was 5G capable thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. While not a high-end chipset, the SD765G did give the LG Velvet enough oomph to command a near-flagship price tag of nearly $700. But then, the head honchos at LG might have thought paying that kind of money for what is essentially a premium mid-ranger might drive away some of its customers. The solution? Let’s make a cheaper, 4G variant of the same phone and use the two-generation old Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC!
That is precisely what this new G Velvet 4G appears to be prima facie. This new variant of the device first appeared on Geekbench earlier this week. Today, almost confirming the existence of this handset is a new FCC certification, which indicates that the LG velvet 4G could see an official launch in select markets very soon.
Take a look at the screenshots from the FCC website below.
The LG Velvet was recently announced after a heated period of rumors and leaks, as well as teasers from LG themselves. While we were expecting LG to release the LG G9, that did not happen. Instead, LG’s only 2020 flagship is the LG V60, while the LG Velvet is taking the LG G series’s place this year. It’s 5G-capable thanks to the Snapdragon 765G processor, and since it’s not a high-end flagship, it’s supposed to be cheaper, but only barely: at an estimated ~$700, it’s still on the expensive end of the market. LG might be making it even cheaper using a weird, but straightforward method: swapping the Snapdragon 765G for the Snapdragon 845.
While we do not, at this time, have complete specifications of the LG Velvet 4G, it is expected to retain the rest of the hardware we saw on the 5G variant. It is likely to come with 6GB of RAM and retain the raindrop camera module consisting of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP secondary camera, and a third 5MP sensor. The curved display gets a waterdrop notch at the top for the 26MP camera. The handset also boasts of a 4,300mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging and 9W wireless charging.
There has been no official word from the company (yet) as far as this 4G variant of the LG Velvet is concerned.