T-Mobile Announces The LG Optimus L9, “Stylish And Powerful”

T-Mobile and LG announce the LG Optimus L9, available later this fall as another member of the popular L-series. The LG is a just 0.36 inches thin with a 4.5” qHD display running on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network.

“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.”

The L9 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a 4.5” qHD display featuring Gorilla Glass 2 for “bright colors and clear text” The L9 also features LG QuickMemo, a “powerful note-taking tool that lets users add commentary, notes, and drawings to screenshots with a few swipes of a finger.”

Features also include:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 Display
  • T-Mobile Blazing-Fast Nationwide 4G Network
  • Sleek, Stylish Design and Slim Profile
  • Powerful 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • LG QuickMemo
  • 5-megapixel Camera with LED Flash
  • True-to-Life 1080p HD Recording
  • Simultaneous Video/Photo Capture
  • Long-Lasting 2,150 mAh Battery
  • Wi-Fi calling

As seems to be the normal later, the announcement only says available “this fall.”


Press Release:



 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

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  • Daniel Holmstock

    Boring another lame device with an older version of software… After the latest lg phone for tmobile I will pass…

    • JBrowne1012

      Older version of software? Yes, Jelly Bean is out but how long ago was it released? and how many companies released a device with 4.1?

      • Daniel Holmstock

        Is that an excuse jelly bean has been out long enough and your going to continue to release older software versions? I should by my next windows machine with vista on it and my next Mac with tiger on it too…

        • JBrowne1012

          Its not an excuse this LG L9 probably has been on the edge of release since the Jelly bean release. Jelly Bean isn’t much different from ICS without thinking about UI changes.

      • Hesster

        I don’t get why some people are so down on phones launching with ICS. I’d rather have an older OS version that’s more stable than a newer version that’s untested and full of bugs.

  • After being with a G2X for the past year and 4 months…..NO MORE LG! I HATE LG! Don`t buy this if you want software updates and phone support!

    • brucejunor

      Anything from LG is the worst. I owned lg slate with 1 update and it locked the boot loader. This is stupid update. After that there was none. XDA dev didn’t even bother to work on any custom rom.

  • greggmartinson

    But its LG…so expect another G2x….

  • killer

    disappointed where the optimus g

  • Avenger

    shame on t-mobile.. superior device optimus G went to AT&T but useless device optimus L9 given to T-Mobile. If T-mobile not gonna get Optimus G then i will move on to At&T after 6 years been with T-mobile.

    • Smart Shopper

      Or.. You can take advantage of the spectrum refarm and bring the LG Optimus G to T-Mobile 4G ;-)

      It’s like a car, you buy the car you want, then choose where you buy gas. Cheers buddy!

      “Shame on T-Mobile”?

      You must be fun at parties. Smile! Life is good!

      • Buttmunch

        Spectrum refarm? I want phones made for T-Mobile with HSPA+ 42, that I can buy at subsidized prices. Do the One X+ and OptimusG support AWS HSPA+? No? T-fail. Besides, the refarm is far from done.

        • Smart Shopper

          LOL I just realized that I inadvertently quoted LG’s slogan. Whoops!

          Hey, You make valid points but it’s an option, no? I prefer to purchase at full price since I go through phones like a maniac.

          Trust me, I would LOVE to see Magenta with a high end device from all manufacturers.

          Until T-Mobile brings back the G Series, I not picky with who makes the device, as long as it’s a Nexus series handset.

          Can you imagine a subsidized Nexus phone, we can teach Verizon how it’s done, right?

  • thepanttherlady

    I am actually truly surprised with T-Mobile after the G2X debaucle.

    • ABC4me

      What debacle? For those of us unaware, do tell. Obviously I should avoid this phone? Please share, thanks.

      • thepanttherlady

        If you were one of the few owners that didn’t have screen bleeds, and random reboots etc. then kudos to you. Those of us that had major issues with the G2X and T-Mo’s refusal to ackowledge any problems with the phone (TMo says it’s LG’s problem. LG says it’s TMo’s problem) left a bad taste. Never again will I own an LG phone.

        • ABC4me

          What is “screen bleed”? I’ve been waiting to upgrade my phone. My current phone is a 2 year old Blackberry, but I’m getting very tired of its limited functionality compared to an iPhone. Blackberrys are great for making calls, email, light web surfing, GPS and not much else. I’ve never had any trouble with it even taking pictures is okay. With that said my next phone will not be a trusty Blackberry. On T-Mobile that leaves only Android, Windows phones don’t seem any more functional than a Blackberry and both share anemic app markets – so a Windows phone is not really a candidate.

          With all that said would you still think Android was not the problem you experienced with your G2X? I’ve played with Androids but never used one extensively so I’m a bit concerned. Do you think manufacturer should be a serious consideration? Are HTCs and Samsung’s really better? Just avoid LG? What phone are you using or are you still sporting your G2X? Thanks for any advice.

        • thepanttherlady

          Google screen bleed to see the technical definition but it was annoying as heck. Some screens had it really bad, others not so much while some none at all. The random rebooting was the biggest annoyance of all. Some people had it happen over and over and over.
          Am I still sporting it? Heck no! I got rid of it quickly. I currently have the Samsung Galaxy S3 and love it; however, will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 2 on launch day.
          I’ve used Blackberry, Android, iPhone (the original), and yes, a Windows phone VERY briefly. I can’t tell you which phone to buy as you have to decide what you want in a phone (mine is used mainly as entertainment, texting & emailing) and research available phones from there. Cost may also play a factor in your decision.
          Always read the reviews of a phone you’re interested in to see what others think of it. Reviews will usually give you the pros and cons of a phone.
          Good luck with your choice! :)

        • Don’t buy lg phone! Anything else is better than lg! I have a G2X and it was a complete garbage out of the box. Thanks, to developers, most issues were ironed out, but there was 0 support from tmobile and LG! The real deal is to go with unbranded international versions! Branded phones are badly built that’s why they’re cheaper…

        • theking_13

          No, idiot. Branded phones are cheaper because they’re subsidized.

        • @theking_13:disqus Oh really dumb @ss?What`s the difference between S3 and International S3??? Find it out yourself ! Subsidized phones are GARBAGE!

        • theking_13

          Quad core Exynos vs Dual core Qualcomm S4. Plus 2 GBs of RAM. Oh and faster HSPA+ network chip.

          I know the differences idiot, the performance of the S4 rivals that of the Exynos in most ways, not to mention more RAM and better network performance.

        • @theking_13 oh boy, if only your mom knew you’d be that that dumb… She was gonna make an abortion

        • theking_13

          You’re right man, how could I not have seen it?

          A next gen architecture CPU, coupled with double the RAM, and a better SoC since the network connections are integrated, makes for a cheaper phone. Bravo, bet you aced high school.

  • Deadeye37

    I think this should be $100 on contract after rebate since it is sporting a lot of hardware from last year. Sadly, T-mo will try to pass this off as a flagship device and will ask for $200 on contract after rebate.

    However, if it was the Optimus G that’s being released on AT&T, I’d gladly pay $200 for that beast! Unfortunately, T-mobile did what it always does and go after the mid-range phone instead.

    Like I’ve been saying, T-mobile just won’t get a drool worthy flagship phone unless its a phone being released to all carriers. One X+ and Optimus G, I wish you were here instead.

    • Get_at_Me

      You’re prob right about the pricing, which is a shame…it’ll be interesting to see when this drops….considering signs pointing to a late October launch for the Note 2

    • Josue

      more like $250 + $50 M.I.R


    G2x vs L9:


    Up on size (4.0 vs 4.7)
    Same Pixel Density (~234)
    Same CPU (1.0 Ghz Dual Core)
    Up on RAM (0.5 MB vs 1MB)
    Down on thickness (10.2 vs 8.8mm)
    Down on Camera (8MP vs 5MP)

    The more I look at it, the more I wished it was with a smaller 4.3″ screen, which would result in a smaller foot print, along with 8MP camera. It wouldn’t make for a bad phone, as the G2x had one of the best cameras (for it’s time).

    • Gary Jenkins

      The L9 has a faster processor though, same speed but different architecture

    • theking_13

      So because the speed of the cores are the same, its the same CPU? And RAM should be in GBs, not MBs, idiot.

      If you’re stupid enough to believe that because the speed of the processor is the only basis on which to measure performance, you’d do good to stop trying to compare devices and misguide people.

    • bleeew

      The only real down-grade is 5MP, but LG has good cameras, so no biggie.

  • Cody

    Wow, a .5 inch screen!

  • Giraffe

    So, wait… We’re getting the G2X again? These specs are not a significant upgrade to my year and a half old phone…

    • Napster87

      it’s better in almost every way. don’t know what you’re expecting when looking at newer android phones. don’t know if i missed something but hopefully it’s not the nvidia processor again. also a better screen, and bigger battery. the only place this falls short is the camera which is probably just as good anyways.

      • Paul

        Considering there are 1.2+ GHz dual core that are standard in the market, as well as the quad cores that are coming out now.
        To flip the coin; this isn’t marketed to those of us that like higher end devices, this is for those that don’t want to pay a few hundred on a phone.

    • GinaDee

      this is a mid range device silly calm down

  • Guest

    Trash! I will NOT sell this device when it launches. Also, why switch the menu and back buttons on the device? Everyone is used to it being the other way around

    • AxisFx

      The buttons are in the correct order. It was the Galaxy S3 that reversed them. All others are in this order

  • jbhotnessmon

    after owning the G2X NEVER EVER AGAIN LG this pos got no support and was buggy as hell they will do the same thing to this phone STAY AWAY FROM ALL LG PHONES YOU WILL GET NO SUPPORT EVER

  • XNRD

    Stop complaining about this being a mid-range device. It obviously isn’t targeted at you. If you want the top end, get a GS3 or Note 2, both of which are on/coming to T-Mobile.

  • Shi-T-Mobile

    Go to hell T-Mobile! Where is the Optimus G? One X+? xperia t?? What is with the diarrhea steam of crap phones?

    • youngt82

      Because T-Mobile is about the whole family especially for the teens and kids out there lol smh


    What is so powerful about a 1Ghz processor? I am completely dismayed and confused as to what we are doing with our handset lineup lately. So disappointed.

    • theking_13

      A dual core, you think that the only basis on performance is based on the speed of the processor? If so, you’d benefit from pulling your head out of your ass with such misguided comments.

      • TMOTECH

        I understand it is a dual core. But so was the G2X that came out a year and a half ago. With the Optimus G coming out with a quad core this handset is simply disappointing. I do not understand why everyone in here has to go straight to the insults. If someone is truly incorrect then just correct the record. You don’t have to make it personal dickhead. :-)

  • nogoodnamesleft90210

    I might consider this except that the G2X was SO BAD, BUGGY and HORRIBLE, that I have sworn to never buy an LG phone. There is no reason to go LG with Samsung and HTC still in business.

  • Josue

    I’m never getting an LG device after issues with that’s POS phone called the LG G2X

  • Bartlebee Jones

    I bet this b*tch randomly reboots itself like crazy

  • Eh, I dont really think I evern owned a LG phone, and due to this article showing the L9 as the latest and reading all the comments below, well, looks like I never will either lol. Best of luck to you LG =)

  • g2x trash im sorry lg dropped the ball with this one

  • lol so att and sprint get the flagship lg optimus g and tmobile gets this crap smh

    • Napster87

      smart move. no one will buy an lg if it’s too expensive. they’ll only buy if it’s well priced. which is what we’ll have here.

      • bleeew

        And most non-tech-savvy will think its a good phone, just because the screen size is 4.5 inches.

  • JJ Clark

    Never buying an LG anything again after the G2x.

  • nerdlust

    This is a interesting device. Maybe great starter smartphone if priced right.

  • Oaden Johnson

    5mp camera. Really!!!!!

  • jose


  • Gary Jenkins

    For those saying this is another G2x…no. LG has improved a lot since then, their newer phones are some of the best on the planet. I have a 4x HD and it is superb. Smooth as butter and no problems. Samsung at one point was horrible, the original Galaxy S was a joke and people said “I will never buy samsung again” all over the internet but they started making excellent phones…same with LG.

  • G1andonly

    I don’t know where to start with this one. 1st, fu lg, the g2x was said to be compatible on att and tmobile. I don’t even get data when I place a att sim card in. Promised ics multiple times with no such luck. Yes there are custom roms but they all suck due to no drivers from lg. I returned 2 and my 3rd one didn’t reboot anymore so that was a good thing. I can say the stock camera that came with 2.2 froyo was and still is one of if not the best cell phone camera. After waiting I finally gave it to my mom so I could video chat with her. Left it stock gingerbread, rooted, and debloted. Goig to pick up that gs3 on Friday from best buy or Costco for a cool 179.99. And I will never buy lg again

  • Anyone notice LG copying Samsung’s design lately?

  • mingkee

    The spec is kinda like midrange product, but it’s fine with me as backup phone.
    BTW, how much is the internal storage?

  • bobblehead

    After the G2x debacle, I would not touch an LG phone until there were enough real reviews out on it – and by then it would be obsolete.
    Did the G2x set a record for how quickly TMobile transitioned it to End of Life? No problems here. It’s dead. Move along now.

  • Joseph Tongret

    Optimus G has me taking LG serious again, but I don’t see Tmo going for it:-(. Samsung flagships seem to be Tmo’s only concern for high end devices. I love Samsung, but I’d like to see a broader choice of high end devices.

  • tommytom

    Oh wow great specs….not! It’s an LG so it’s obviously built to fail. Shame on T-Mobile for even releasing anymore LG phones after the G2X debacle. Please do not buy this unless you’re looking for a bunch of problems and disappointing nights trying to get this sack of LG trash to turn on or stop restarting itself.

  • Kevin

    There is no such thing about LG is “Stylish and Powerful”

  • I remember getting the g2x the day it came out…returned it 3 days later complaining about screen bleeding and exchanged it for another device…1 week later returned it again because of the same problem. I asked if they others were having this problem because it sounded like they didn’t believe me (you can’t really tell if a screen us badly bleeding in the light) and then said no they hadn’t….returned it out right while I still could and decided to wait 6 months for the s2 and be happier…SO glad i returned it.

  • jfinn

    I got thge G2X the very first day it was available becasue it was supposedly the TMO flagship….8/9 months later it was announced that the phone was cancelled by TMO. It took months of haggling before the gingerbread update was releasd and it update to ice cream that was supposed to be made last December has be delayed/cancelled/reinstated and is not not available. I went through a similar situation with the Samsung Vibrant and the run around. No more LG or Samsung phones for me because one you buy one, they do not support their product and are only interested in selling you another new phone. BUYER BEWARE!

  • drew

    For those complaining about LG.. let’s not forget the BEHOLD II and look where samsung is now?

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  • timmyjoe42

    T-Mobile goes about their device launches all wrong. They get all the manufacturer’s second tier devices. There is no reason AT+T should be getting the Optimus G and T-Mobile getting stuck with the Optimus L9. The specs are not much better than the G2x. If you are arguing processor architecture and screen size, fine, but to most people this looks like a re-hash of the G2x. LG would have been much better off issuing a G2x+ and supporting the older device.

    If T-mobile wants to make money and build a loyal customer base, they should only release devices that are better than the last one they released. That’s the way technology should work. I understand the need for lower end devices, but isn’t that what last years devices are this year? Why come out with a newer model with the same specs as something that came out last year? Just keep making the older device, charge less for it as it gets older, and SUPPORT IT.