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A new leak confirms wireless charging in the LG Velvet

The LG Velvet as it appears on the WPC site. (Source: WPC)
The LG Velvet as it appears on the WPC site. (Source: WPC)
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has just certified the upcoming LG Velvet as a device that uses wireless charging. It will do so at an unprepossessingly standard rate of 10 watts (W). Nevertheless, this can now be added to the brand-new-in-2020 phone's growing list of leaked specs.

LG has revealed that it will launch a completely new phone called the Velvet in May 2020. This device has reportedly been developed to take over from the G-series in 2020. It will have a premium mid-range Snapdragon 765G SoC, around which a relatively novel chassis with an outstanding rear camera arrangement has been crafted.

According to new official documentation, this glass housing also supports wireless charging, which will be done at 10W in the Velvet. As potentially interesting to LG fans as this may be, the certification has inadvertently highlighted what may be discrepancies in this phone.

For a start, the handset has what could be considered a very low (and, thus, probably very time-consuming) wireless power standard, particularly in a year that has seen the debut of 30W and 40W modalities already. In addition, the WPC approval shows the Velvet from the front, obliging the viewer to face the reality of its water-drop-notched screen.

This is already looking retrograde in 2020, and seems all the more so against phones with comparable specs launched at much lower prices compared to the Velvet's rumored ~US$700. The Realme X50m, for example, has just done so ~US$280 - albeit admittedly without wireless charging.

Then again, that brings up the point of the OPPO Ace2, which has been introduced with flagship specs, this form of charging and a ~$565 price-tag for the same amount of RAM with with the upcoming LG mid-tier phone is now linked. All in all, it seems the Korean OEM is banking very heavily on its novel device's looks to drive its sales.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-27 (Update: 2020-04-27)