LG Optimus L9 hands-on

Here we have the LG Optimus L9, the fourth and newest phone in the series LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. The specs, as you'll recall:

  • 4.7-inch IPS display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 4 GB onboard memory
  • 2,150 mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 9.1mm thin

The big talking point on this one, though, is the Quick Translator app that uses optical character recognition for some serious translation. 

Hands-on video and photos can be found after the break.

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • screw LG, screw Samsung, I HATE THE HOME BUTTON! I want one of the new breed of phones but you companies keep screwing them up... doesn't Android now come with an on screen home button? if you like the physical button so much put it on your dam Windows phones...
  • Here! Here! it's the #1 thing i DON'T like on the SIII.
  • Wow dude relax, some people like the physical home buttons, I myself not much a fan of them at all
  • I like home buttons. 3 or 4 all is good. No valuable screen space taken for soft keys. Looks at the Droid Razr HD, 4.6" screen, but with the on screen buttons, it is less than 4.3 on my 2 year old Droid X. What a shame.
  • I agree. On screen buttons just take up space. Until edge to edge screens are a reality i will always want physical buttons.
  • +1
  • The phone itself looks nice, but only 4gb of onboard memory? How much of that is available after pre-installed apps?
  • Copying the company that just got sued for a billion bucks for copying Apple? Really LG, Great strategy there!
  • hmmmm.......looks like someone at L.G. has spent a bit of time around samsung phones. kidding asside, I hope L.G. comes into there own, I would love another strong player to keep things interesting. They are just not yet there in my opinion.
  • guess I just keep getting my hopes up for... s3, note2, and this and all put this button. I use a max protect case like trident krakenor otterbox defender and they have to put a hole Inthe screen protector, allowing dirt to get in.... makes this a deal breaker for me, the case is a must have for my occupation
  • too....boxy. Also, I can't wait for the day when they introduce an Android phone that doesn't feature a BIG STUPID CLOCK widget taking up half the home screen. When they eventually do, I may just buy it!
  • How about you do some research before you troll? You can easily remove the clock widget if you don't want it there when you buy the phone. That's why it's a widget. Android is fully customizable.
  • This isn't copying the S3 because in case you guys didn't notice, Alex pointed out quite CLEARLY that this is part of the L Series, which all basically look like this, but this instead of the typical L Series back, is more like the 4X.... which were announced at MWC, months before the S3.
  • While I would completely agree hardware wise that this is in line with LG's previous stuff, LG's Android overlay has resebled touchwiz since it came out. The combination of the pysical home button next to a menu and back button and the software sililarites do male the two look strikingly similar.
  • I will always want real / capacitive buttons so the manufacturer doesn't waste my screen real estate with virtual buttons and so I don't have to spend an extra gesture making them appear.