LG has announced the impending arrival of the new Optimus L9 smartphone through a press release. The L9 joins the other smartphones that LG launched this year, including the Optimus L3, the Optimus L5, and the Optimus L7. This series is intended for consumers on a budget, but do not want to sacrifice style.
Nicknamed by LG as a “smarter smartphone,” the Optimus L9 runs on a 1GHz dual-core chipset working hand-in-hand with 1GB of DDR2 RAM and a 4GB e-MMC. For its operating system, the device features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Its body measures 9.1 mm in thickness and features a sleek and slim design. It also sports and IPS display spanning 4.7 inches. A 2,150mAh SiO+ battery powers the smartphone. The L9 will also come with a 5-megapixel rear-facing main camera and a VGA front camera.
The L9 also comes with some interesting software, including a newly-designed keyboard called the My Style Keypad. This keyboard lets users modify the placement of the keys to facilitate their typing. This is similar to an option from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Note. Furthermore, LG provides another keyboard layout for when the device is used in landscape mode.
There is also a language translation software called QTranslator installed on the device. QTranslator uses a technology called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). To use it, one simply has to scan a string of characters with the camera. This allows QTranslator to work with an online translation engine or a dictionary to give the user a translation. According to LG, this feature supports 44 foreign languages as well as 64 user languages. It is likewise able to translate phrases and sentences apart from single words.
The Optimus L9 has dimensions of 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm and weighs 125 grams. LG has not specified this device’s price or launch date yet, but it is likely that the company will make announcements regarding the L9 during the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany.