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LG's new smartphone is called Velvet to evoke 'lustrous smoothness and premium softness'

The new logo for LG's forthcoming Velvet smartphone. (Source: LG)
The new logo for LG's forthcoming Velvet smartphone. (Source: LG)
It was only a couple of days ago that LG first teased the design direction of its next smartphone and the drip feed continues. Today LG announced that the new device will be called the LG Velvet.
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LG new premium mid-range smartphone will be known as the LG Velvet forthwith a new announcement from the company has revealed. The device picks up an official name after being teased in some sketches just a couple of days ago. Apart from a signature 'raindrop' rear camera arrangement, the “3D Arc” design otherwise looks like it wouldn’t be out of place in Samsung’s smartphone line up.

The LG Velvet is expected to get a full unveiling on April 15, just a few days away, so we shouldn’t be left holding our breath too-long in terms of its specifications. If you were hoping for a Snapdragon 865, it appears that chipset will be solely reserved for the LG V60 ThinQ, currently on sale in North America. The rumor mill points to either a Snapdragon 765 or 765G which should help to keep its price competitive, even if its performance might be a little off flagship pace.

As a new design direction for the company, we remain hopeful that it might debut other interesting technology. LG has often brought new features to market first, even if they haven’t always been successful. This time around, the apparent lack of a camera notch or punch-hole camera points to an under-screen selfie camera as a real possibility. LG needs to turn its fortunes around and that could be a good way to draw some positive attention.

Our new branding reflects current trends of addressing the unique personal tastes and emotions of the individual with a greater emphasis on design. It’s a more intuitive approach that we are confident will resonate with today’s consumers and help us to establish a clearer brand identity.

-- Chang Ma, senior vice president of product strategy at LG Mobile Communications

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'Lustrous smoothness and premium softness' -- the LG Velvet. (Source: LG)
'Lustrous smoothness and premium softness' -- the LG Velvet. (Source: LG)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-12 (Update: 2020-04-12)