A Video First Look At LG Optimus L9 For T-Mobile

In the same space as the Lumia 810, T-Mobile showed off the LG Optimus L9, a recently announced mid-range device coming to T-Mobile in the near future. Sporting a 4.5″ qHD display, 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB RAM, Android 4.0, 5 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, Gorilla Glass 2, 4GB internal storage, external storage support and a 2150mAh battery.

This may not be a device for power users and it certainly won’t take away any attention from the Galaxy S III, but early hands on were pretty favorable:

Engadget: In our brief time using the L9, we witnessed a few bouts of lag, though we won’t take too much of that seriously for now since this isn’t the final retail product. But it feels comfortable in the hand, well-built and boasting the same leathery-textured battery cover as most of LG’s recent phones.

Phonescoop: The first thing you notice when you pick up the Optimus L9 is how light it is. It is one of the lightest phones I’ve held in a while. Combine the low weight and the thin profile, and this is one easy phone to hold. This phone will completely disappear when you put it in a pocket. It’s thin and light enough that you’ll forget it is there.

Android Central: Nothing the spec-conscious crowd will write home about, no? But here’s the thing: It’s a surprisingly solid entry-level device. You can’t quite appreciate just how light it is until you grab it…This is a buy-and-drive device, designed to be used out of the box, for folks who don’t want to do a whole lot of customization.

CNET: As LG’s top-tiered L-series handset, the LG Optimus L9 packs a punch with its dual-core CPU. In addition to these (hopefully) zippy internal speeds, the device will also run on T-Mobile’s 4G network. While I’ll withhold judgment until I get my hands on a review unit, the Optimus L9 is sporting some impressive specs that may be worth a glance for T-Mobile customers looking for a fast phone.

CNET, Engadget

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  • charles4

    my experience with LG has been the worst of the worst, never trusting that brand again! I have a Galaxy nexus (best experience ever), I’ve had HTC and is good as well, Samsung is the best though. LG is not an option for me. never again

    • Justin

      Same here….

  • Deadeye37

    The jury’s out until pricing is released. I’m skeptical that they’ll keep the pricing in the low-midrange. If they price it around $50-100 after MIR, then this is a great phone.

    If they go for the $150-$200+ after MIR segment, then I will just shake my head in disgust.

  • CJ

    How about update the LG G2X. Sorry but until that happens I will never buy an LG Cell Phone again. Love there Monitors and appliances but they are not there yet in Cell Phones.

  • fsured

    Anyone know what the radio will be capable of with the TMO network? Would it theoretically max out at the 42mb or 21mb speeds? This may be a good phone for my mom. She likes to send and receive picture messages of the grand kids. The screen is big enough to enjoy photos and should offer a good sized on screen keyboard for her fingers.


      42. All Smartphones will have 42Mbps DC support on T-Mobile. All have since the Amaze 4G.

      • UMA_Fan

        This is not true. The new Huawei and LG myTouch’s are budget phones with only HSPA+ 14 radios. That’s four phones that have come out since the Amaze 4G. The Nokia Lumia doesn’t have the ’42’ modem either but I would blame that more on Windows Phone 7 not supporting those kind of chips.

        This looks like a budget phone option and typically when they don’t advertise easily that it supports HSPA+ 42 it usually isn’t. Would be great if the phone IS though.

        • TMOTECH

          I stand corrected. I guess I should have taken my own advice and looked it up. But this phone does have it.

  • Sorry, but this is a lame phone at this point in the game. It will ring up at $100 or less on contract.

  • muelle2051

    This a nice phone for midrange it priced and desigjned to compete with the my touch line I would sa y it a smart move for tmobil. One worth buying for someone looking for a midrange phone

  • nerdlust

    Wow this looks like a sweet starter phone. I can’t believe this is considered mid range.

  • 0neTw0

    Hemm I wonder if Developers will touch this device? G2x didn’t get much love due to all the issues. Not that Nvidia helped.

  • UMA_Fan

    Is this HSPA+ 42? If not, people should just get the Galaxy S II for cheaper.

  • K.A

    Until when T-mobile will be happy to sell leftovers that other carriers don’t like. ATT got the Optimus G- T-mobile is happy to announce the L9, ATT got the HTC One x and X+ – T-mobile was happy with the One S, ATT got the Lumia 900 and 920 – T Mobile is happy to have the 710 and 820. When will they ever get their hands on an exclusive high end device, enough with the leftovers already.