We weren’t substantial followers of the LG Velvet, the style and design-to start with, specs-2nd flagship smartphone the company unveiled this summer. The smooth cell phone felt stuttery in our review. But what if I explained to you the T-Cell variant arrives with a diverse chip?
Nowadays, T-Mobile introduced it is brought an LG Velvet to the United States with a MediaTek Dimensity 1000C processor within, as an alternative of the mid-assortment Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 and 765G it ordinarily employs. It is a single of the first situations in new memory we’ve witnessed a MediaTek chip in a US flagship cell phone, so it’s a sizeable milestone for a business that commonly performs next-fiddle to Qualcomm, if practically nothing else.
The issue is regardless of whether T-Cell is now providing you a faster chip than the present LG Velvet can get you, and that’s not apparent nevertheless. At first look, it could like you are receiving a entire tier increased chip in the specific very same phone, simply because (at the very least in anecdotal benchmarks) MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 is no slouch: AnTuTu rated the company’s other Dimensity 1000+ and 1000L variants up close to Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865, 855 and 855+ chips, as very well as Huawei’s Kirin 980, 985 and 990.
But on near evaluation, it seems that T-Mobile and MediaTek are trying to trick us with branding, for the reason that the actual specs of this “Dimensity 1000C” hew a great deal closer to MediaTek’s more cost-effective Dimensity 800 rather. They both equally have octa-core CPUs and ARM Mali graphics, but in which a Dimensity a thousand tops out at 2.6GHz and will come with nine Mali-G77 GPU cores, the 1000C tops out at 2GHz with only 5 Mali-G57 GPU cores. (The Dimensity 800 is 2GHz but with 4 GPU cores the Dimensity 820 is two.6GHz with five.)
It’s also maybe a little telling that T-Mobile’s merchandise web site at the moment states the cell phone will come with a Dimensity 800, however a spokesperson tells us that will be corrected shortly. One particular issue it does increase from the Dimensity 1000 collection, even though: AV1 components decoding, for the information conserving movie streams that Netflix, YouTube, and others are rolling out.
Still, the Dimensity 1000C could still be aggressive with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G, and it won’t price you far more money: T-Mobile plans to market it for $588 off-contract, equivalent to the $599 you’ll pay for the other product at AT&T, and less than the $699 it expenses for a Verizon design that supports its millimeter-wave 5G community.