We were not huge fans the LG Velvet, the design-first, specification-second smartphone that the company released this summer. The sleek phone felt stuttery in our review. But what if I told you that the T-Mobile variant comes with a different chip?
Today, T-Mobile announced that it has brought an LG Velvet to the United States with MediaTek Dimensity 1000C processor inside, instead of the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 and 765G it typically uses. It’s one of the first times in recent memory that we’ve seen a MediaTek chip on a US flagship phone, so it’s a major milestone for a company that generally plays Qualcomm’s second game, if nothing else.
The question is whether T-Mobile is now giving you a faster chip than the existing LG Velvet can offer you and that is not yet clear. At first glance, you may want to have a whole higher brand level on the exact same phone, because (at least in anecdotal reference points) MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is not indifferent: AnTuTu was evaluated the company’s other Dimensity 1000+ and 1000L variants close to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, 855 and 855+ brands, as well as Huawei’s Kirin 980, 985 and 990.
But after careful consideration, it seems that T-Mobile and MediaTek are trying to fool us with the branding, because the actual specifications of this “Dimensity 1000C” are much closer to MediaTek’s cheaper Dimensity 800. Both have octa-core processors and ARM Mali graphics, but where a Dimensions 1000 peaks at 2.6GHz and comes with nine Mali-G77 GPU cores, the 1000C exceeds 2GHz with only five Mali-G57 GPU cores. (THE Dimensions 800 is 2GHz but with four GPU cores. The Dimension 820 is 2.6GHz with five.)
It is also perhaps a little to say that T-Mobile product page It currently states that the phone has a Dimensity 800, although a representative tells us that it will be fixed soon. One thing to add from the Dimensity 1000 series, however: AV1 hardware decoding, for Data Storage Video Streams That Netflix, YouTube and others are released.
However, the Dimensity 1000C could still compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G and not cost you more: T-Mobile plans to sell it for $ 588 out of contract, similar to the $ 599 you would pay for the other AT&T model, and costs less than $ 699 for a Verizon model that supports the 5G network with millimeter.