Earlier this month, we saw a leaked image of the LG Optimus L9 for T-Mobile, and now Team Magenta has made the mid-range handset official. Availability details are still scant, with the press release stating it will hit shelves sometime "later this fall."


For those who may not remember this somewhat forgettable handset, here's a spec-refresher:

  • 4.5" qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • 2,150mAh battery 
  • Android 4.0

The L9 also features some LG proprietary software, like QuickMemo and "Cheese Shot" (which has to be one of the worst names of all time).

Much like availability, pricing is no where to be found just yet.

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

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • trabopoline

    Hey, look! It's the Galaxy S II! Been a while, GSII! How you been?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's an LG Optimus Galaxy iPhone 4G NoLTE4U.

    • McLean Riley

      I actually jumped to comments to make this joke. Thanks for beating me to the punch.

  • Mark

    Wow. Mid range. I guess for my mother-n-law or for the receptionist, etc. this is a good phone. I mean dual core 1ghz is enough for most apps and basic games. It's only saving grace is the Gorilla Glass II and if they make it 'cheap' enough, like $49 on contract that'd be al-right I suppose. No more than $99.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sean.p.cummins Sean Cummins

      Also, that battery is pretty respectable.

  • JonD11

    Tmo is beginning to be a joke, there already liars. they said back in marchthey were nit getting the ONE X DUAL CORE, as they were getting the quad core. Really they were just settling for second best, ( ONE S ). And as for LG phones, again settling for if you can even say SECOND best. As SPRINT & AT&T already laid claim to another top notch phone, ( LG G ). I REMEMBER just a couple months ago how they were claiming they are faster than AT&T, and had the largest 4g network, ( LIE ), AS NEITHER'S TRUE! With in another year, they will be by far the slowest, when Sprint is more set up with there LTE. I watched some videos with someone using the evo 4g lte in Texas getting outrageous speed test scores. Of the 4 major carriers, Tmo, by far has the worst selection of phones. you can get basically the same phones on PC METRO & CRICKET. As much as I hated AT&T, looks as if I'm going to have to buy out my contract and sign up with BIG BLUE, or or go back to SPRINT. Tmo has a month left to put claim to a variant of the ONE X +.