LG has today announced the latest addition to its Optimus lineup, the Optimus L9, just 24 hours after unveiling the Optimus G. With a 4.7-inch IPS display, the Optimus L9’s intentions are perfectly clear; it’s coming to do battle with the Samsung Galaxy Note.
But does the Optimus L9 have what it takes to dethrone the Galaxy Note and become the “phablet” king? Well, it’s packing a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. It also boasts 4GB of internal storage, and a high-density 2,510 mAh battery that promises to keep you going “all day long.”
The device is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with LG’s own user interface customizations, which includes some nifty software like an intelligent keyboard that changes layout depending on which hand you’re using to control the device; a QMemoTM app for recording notes with handwriting support; and a QTranslator app that uses OCR technology to translate foreign text into another language.
All of that is squeezed into a svelte package that measures 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm, and weighs 125 grams.
One thing notably missing, however, is a stylus. The Optimus L9 doesn’t have its own S Pen alternative.
While the Optimus L9 may be able to compete with the existing Galaxy Note, I can’t help but feel it doesn’t quite do enough to take on the upcoming Galaxy Note II. While we don’t know what Samsung’s next device will bring just yet, it’ll almost certainly boast some big improvements over the current generation, which is already an impressive device, beating the Optimus L9’s internals when it comes to processor, storage, and front-facing camera.
LG hasn’t announced a release date or pricing for the Optimus L9 yet, but we’re expecting to hear more from IFA this week.