We just received the LG Optimus L9 from T-Mobile and have a few first impressions as well as an unboxing video to share with you. The Optimus L9 will launch on Oct. 31 for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two-year contract. It has a plastic body, which isn’t as premium as what you can expect from Sprint or AT&T’s Optimus G, but you’re not paying as much, either. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor that zips through Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right now, but it’s not as fast as the processors you’ll find in plenty of other smartphones these days. Plus, ICS is a bit stale compared to the buttery smooth Jelly Bean update that is hitting high-end smartphones in the coming weeks.
Still, the L9 isn’t a bad device. We really like LG’s QuickMemo software for quickly writing a note or on top of any screen you have up on the phone. You can circle a destination on a map, for example, and save it as an image to send to a friend. We’ll be spending more time with the device, so expect more detailed opinions in the near future. In the meantime, check out our unboxing video above and the gallery below.