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T-Mobile LG Optimus L9 official, coming this fall

Last week Android Authority caught wind of some new information from @evleaks that suggested T-Mobile was preparing to release the LG Optimus L9. Today we have official word that T-Mobile is bring the budget handset to its network this fall.
October 8, 2012
T-Mobile Optimus L9

T-Mobile Optimus L9

Last week Android Authority caught wind of some new information from @evleaks that suggested T-Mobile was preparing to release a version of the LG Optimus L9. Today we have official word that T-Mobile is bringing the budget handset to its network this fall.

While not nearly as exciting as its beefier cousin, the Optimus G, it is a solid entry-level device. The L9 features a dual core 1GHz processor, has a 5MP camera, a 2150mAh battery and a 4.5-inch screen. While not exactly “phablet-sized”, this is still a pretty massive screen size for an entry model. The Optimus L9 will also support WiFi calling and the ability to allow five device hotspot sharing. There is even a special camera mode where you simply say “cheese” and it takes a picture.

For the moment, we don’t have have pricing or an exact day for launch. Is it worth checking out? That will largely depend on the price tag. With a dual-core 1GHz processor and modest camera, there are many older smartphones from brands like Samsung that can easily compete with this entry model. Unless T-Mobile can deliver a much more compelling price tag to go with this smartphone’s modest features, there are probably better choices out there.

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Sleek LG Optimus L9 Features 4.5-inch qHD Display, Long-Lasting Battery for Extended Connectivity and Delivers Superior 4G Experiences and Value with the Power of T-Mobile’s Nationwide Network.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 8, 2012 – LG Electronics USA and T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced that the stylish and powerful LG Optimus L9 smartphone will be available this fall.

Built with a sleek, stylish frame that is only 0.36-inches thin, and surrounded by premium metal trim to provide designer-level styling, the LG Optimus L9 is the latest in the style-focused L-Series of smartphones from LG. Following other popular L-Series phones, such as the Optimus L3, L5 and L7 that were released globally earlier this year, all L-Series phones are designed around five primary aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws the user’s attention.

“The LG Optimus L9 gives our customers an amazing 4G experience packaged in a stylish design,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “And, when coupled with T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, T-Mobile customers have the freedom to live an always-connected lifestyle on our 4G network– whether that means watching videos, streaming music or searching the Web – without having to worry about overage charges or surprise bills.”

LG Optimus L9 features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a gorgeous 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 display for bright colors and clear text. LG Optimus L9 is equipped with a long-lasting 2,150 mAh battery so users can watch video, listen to music, explore the Internet or chat with friends and family for hours with just one charge.

“As the latest device in LG’s L-Series smartphones, LG Optimus L9 has been designed to fulfill users’ needs for a slim, stylish device that is comfortable to use,” said James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA. “With LG Optimus L9, users can take advantage of premium smartphone features – a stunning display, a powerful processor and a long-lasting battery – in a sleek design.”

LG Optimus L9 also features LG QuickMemo™, a smartphone experience with powerful note-taking capabilities that lets users add commentary, notes and drawings to screenshots with a few swipes of a finger, then share them with friends and family via social media and email. LG Optimus L9 provides users with a five-megapixel camera and true-to-life 1080p HD video recording capability, so all of life’s important moments can be captured with clarity. For spontaneous photo-worthy events, the LG Optimus L9 lets users snap photos while simultaneously capturing video and take advantage of voice-activated photos using “Cheese Shot” by simply saying “cheese” to snap a picture.

LG Optimus L9 features a suite of connectivity technology. Whether it’s streaming high definition movies over T-Mobile’s 4G network, sharing a data connection with up to five devices using LG Optimus L9 as a Portable Wi-Fi® Hotspot via T-Mobile’s Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature with a qualifying rate plan, or making calls over a Wi-Fi network with T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling feature, LG Optimus L9 has the wireless capabilities to keep users connected virtually wherever they are.

Key Features:

· Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

· 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 Display

· T-Mobile Blazing-Fast Nationwide 4GNetwork

· Sleek, Stylish Design and Slim Profile

· Powerful 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor

· LG QuickMemo™

· 5-megapixelCamera with LED Flash

· True-to-Life 1080p HD Recording

· Simultaneous Video/Photo Capture

· Long-Lasting 2,150 mAh Battery

Additional Features:

· Wi-Fi® Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n/a

· Wi-Fi Calling: Make calls via your Wi-Fi connection in areas with little to no coverage, such as a basement

· T-Mobile Smartphone Mobile HotSpot: share a 4G data connection with up to five compatible wireless devices with a qualifying rate plan

· Bluetooth® Version: 3.0 + HS

· SmartShare: share media wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices

· Slacker Radio: create personalized music, news, sports and comedy on the go

– Video Player with Touch Lock, Dolby® Mobile,1 and Resume Play Function; Supports DivX®, WMV, MP4, 3GP, and 3G2 Formats
– Music Player with Dolby Mobile; Supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, and WAV Formats
– Rear-Facing Camera Resolutions up to 2592 x 1944 (default)

· Cheese Shot: simply say “cheese” to take a picture

· Shot Mode: choose from Normal, Panorama, and Continuous shot

· Customizable Scene Mode, Brightness, ISO, White Balance, Color Effect, Silly Faces, Backgrounds, Timer, and Shutter Sound