Looking for an entry device with a reasonably large screen? For the most part, entry models tend to stick with single-core processors and 3-inch screens. The LG Optimus L9 from T-Mobile is a bit different.
While we don’t know the pricing for sure, this is clearly a lower-spec’d version of the flagship Optimus G. They share the same battery, overall looks and both have a premium feel. With that in mind, pricing will likely put it between a lower end and mid-range device.
Here are the full specs:
- Dual Core 1Ghz processor
- Android 4.0 ICS
- 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla Glass 2 Display
- 4G speed through T-Mobile
- LG QuickMemo
- 5-megapixelCamera with LED Flash
- True-to-Life 1080p HD Recording
- Long-Lasting 2,150 mAh Battery
- Wi-Fi® Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n/a
- Slacker Radio built in
It’s clearly not a powerhouse, but it is no push over either. Other interesting features include the ability to connect up to five devices for hotspot sharing, though you’ll need a special plan to do it. Wi-Fi calling is also supported, which means that you can still make calls even if you are in an area with horrible coverage. Like taking photos with friends and family? You can even jump into the photos and simply say “cheese” whenever you are ready, it will take the picture for you without any further need to push anything on your part.
Is it worth getting? Honestly, until we have an exact price and release date that is hard to say. There are many smartphones in the “high range” that came out months ago and are preparing for price cuts. If T-Mobile doesn’t offer the phone at a price that is truly able to undercut the competition, there are likely better options that won’t cost you too much more.