LG is taking its stylish L-series to new heights two steps at a time. After flooding the market with the Optimus L3, Optimus L5, and Optimus L7 – here comes the most grandeur model of them all, the Optimus L9, which the company hopes can boost its presence in the mid-range market.
It’s easy to mistake the Optimus L9 for one of LG’s high-end offerings. But just like the Optimus L7, which has been praised for many things except for its slow and outdated processor, LG has to make some necessary cuts to keep the phone within the affordable price bracket – which is what the L-series is all about.
So while the LG Optimus L9 boasts a 4.7-inch IPS display, the phone is only powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor. The rest of the specs are as follow:
Design-wise, LG has managed to keep the Optimus L9 reasonably light and thin. The attractive-looking phone weighs 125 grams and is only 9.1mm thick.
Some unique apps that have been included are the new QTranslator and My Style keyboard. The former is a smart translation engine that uses OCR technology and supports 44 languages. Meanwhile, with the My Style keyboard you can easily adjust the layout of the keypad when typing with one hand or two hands.
We’ll let you know once LG is ready to share the release date and price of the Optimus L9. Hopefully this will be available for under $400. Interested?
LG EXTENDS L-SERIES WITH GLOBAL DEBUT OF OPTIMUS L9
Premium Optimus L9 to Offer Best of L-Style with Innovative UX
SEOUL, Aug. 29, 2012 – The LG Optimus L9 will continue the stylish L-Series lineup of smartphones with its global debut. Following the successful launches of the Optimus L3, Optimus L5, and Optimus L7 earlier this year, the Optimus L9 is anticipated to continue in the success of the L-Series emphasizing premium design heritage developed from LG’s design leadership.
Inheriting LG’s premium L-Style design philosophy, the Optimus L9 has a 9.1mm thin body with a slimming metallic streak and modern square style that offers a comfortable grip from its slim and stylish design.
The largest-in-class 4.7-inch IPS display of the Optimus L9 offers clear and true-to-life images with incredible detail for comfortable viewing experience. The high-density 2,150mAh SiO+ battery allows users to enjoy the various new UX features all day long with maximized performance while retaining its incredibly sleek design.
The Optimus L9 was also developed to be a smarter smartphone through LG’s differentiated UX features, such as the QTranslator and My Style Keypad function along with the ever-popular QMemoTM.
The QTranslator function instantly translates not only words, but also entire sentences and phrases with a simple scan from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, it recognizes letters upon scanning with the camera and utilizes electronic dictionary or online translation engine to translate words, sentences or phrases.
The My Style Keypad function comfortably adjusts the key formation of the keypad according to whether the user is texting with one hand (right or left-handed) or two hands. Lastly, the Optimus L9 will also include the QMemoTM, allowing users to capture, memo and share their ideas with others using their fingertip or handwriting.
“The Optimus L9 is a great smartphone that appeals to every consumer,” said Dr. Jongseok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “LG will continue to offer differentiated value through the Optimus L9 and strengthen our position in the smartphone market.”
OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Chipset: 1GHz Dual-Core
Main Display: 4.7-inch IPS Display
Memory: 1GB DDR2 (RAM) / 4GB e-MMC
Camera: 5MP rear / VGA front
Battery: 2,150mAh SiO+
Size: 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1mm / 125g
Others: DLNA, QMemoTM, QTranslator function, My Style Keyboard function
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The retail price has been undisclosed: 379 EUR