This an unusual turn as the T-Mobile LG Velvet is to feature different specs compared to its other variants. For reasons unspecified, T-Mobile decided to have MediaTek chipset in their Velvet phones, which is uncommon in all other Velvet variants globally.
The device however has some shortcomings such as a smaller battery and is a rather cheap version of the LG Velvet since its asking price is $588. T-Mobile is trying as much as it can to present the MediaTek chipset in good light which is a very funny thing to do since they went for less expensive chipsets.
The LG Velvet with MediaTek chipset has been termed as “an exclusive version” since it is the only LG Velvet and first device with a MediaTek 5G chipset. Here is where the difference between this variant and others lies: the T-Mobile variant costs $588 with lower specs compared to any other US carrier pricing. AT&T’s Snapdragon 765G variant on the other hand costs $11 extra at $599.
The chipset used is a Dimensity 1000C but an error was displayed on T-Mobile’s site depicting the device as Dimensity 800. The T-Mobile Velvet as mentioned earlier has a smaller battery compared to other variants: 4000mAh instead of 4300mAh. It also features a 6.8-inch FHD+ P-OLED screen, 6GB RAM – 128GB ROM storage, a triple rear camera setup (48MP + 8MP + 5MP), and a 16MP front camera. The device also has IP68 and MIL-STD 810G certification, and sports dual speakers.
Des T-Mobile’s PR guy was asked to make an unboxing video; a very interesting one to watch if you’d ask me. T-Mobile is also offering 50% off the LG Velvet via a 24 month bill credit with an eligible trade-in for people who activate a line. The device will arrive on September 10th for $588 or $24.50/month over 24 months.