This week has been a tumultuous one for the tech industry. The data of over half a billion Facebook and LinkedIn users have been leaked. Nokia has launched not just one but six affordable phones at a time. The global semiconductor shortage exacerbated its influence on giants like Google and Apple. The biggest news, however, was LG and the brand’s exit from the smartphone market. Lack of innovation, poor software update cycle and inability to keep up with the competition are cited as the main reasons for LG’s termination.
While the news caused an outpouring of emotion and countless pundits took to social media, there are also some silver linings. LG’s existing phone portfolio – especially the premium devices – is now much cheaper. Specifically, I’m talking about the fierce LG Wing with a swiveling dual-screen design and the sleek LG Velvet, both of which got some cute discounts just days after LG’s not-so-shocking announcement.
LG Velvet for around $ 400 or less? Get it!
Starting with the LG Velvet, Amazon currently has an unlocked unit for just $ 379. And if you can settle for a renewed unit, it will cost you an even smaller sum of $ 275. The phone originally hit the US market at around $ 600, while the variant that supports mmWave 5G and which Verizon sells as the LG Velvet 5G UW hit shelves at $ 700. T-Mobile, on the other hand, has reduced the phone to $ 400.
For this price, the LG Velvet is a pretty good phone. It has a high-quality glass-metal construction with an attractive design, a powerful processor (MediaTek Dimensity 1000C / Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G), three cameras on the back, a sufficiently pixel-rich OLED display and a 4,300 mAh battery with support for wireless Load. And with LG promising updates for at least two more years, the LG Velvet seems like a very compelling phone at its discounted price. Do you want to get to the essentials? Check out Pockentow’s LG Velvet review above.
Check out LG Velvet 5G on Amazon
Check out LG Velvet 5G on T-Mobile
The wild LG Wing receives a cool 40% discount
LG Wing is going to be a cool piece of smartphone history
Well, this is a cool collectible, even if you aren’t much intrigued by the value proposition here. I mean, just look at the phone. LG was the only brand brave enough to conduct such an experiment last year. And while the phone didn’t prove to be a hit, it at least brought something fresh to the table. This second screen is not just a gimmick either. Don’t just take my words for it. Check out Pocketnow’s test video where Joshua Vergara explains in detail all the pros and cons.
So the LG Wing made its debut in the US market at a price of 999 US dollars. However, T-Mobile is currently selling it for $ 599.99. Alternatively, you can opt for an installment plan that will set you back $ 25 per month for the next two years. For that price, you get a phone that gets at least the next two major Android upgrades, pretty powerful hardware, and a ton of boastful rights for you.
Check out LG Wing 5G over at T-Mobile
Well, LG is saying goodbye to the phone market and will be offering software support for some of its premium phones. However, after-sales support may not be as solid as it was last week. Yes, there will be third party services that can fix your phone in the event of an accident. However, that ultimately depends on the availability of replacement parts, especially for these two premium phones – the LG Velvet and the Wing. If you think it’s worth playing, go ahead.
I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Leaving the latest news aside, I’ve checked out my fair share of devices that range from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I’ve also interviewed tech managers and appeared as a moderator on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.