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LG Optimus L9 preview: fair and balanced

A few months ago we reviewed the Optimus L7 (opens in new tab), a phone that did not did not really manage to win us over due to its performance, even if it looked very nice. The problem was the hardware inside was not on the same level as its looks, and you know what they say about judging a book by its cover... Today we will take a closer at the L9, let's hope LG got both aspects right this time.

With the Optimus L9 (opens in new tab) (P760) the Korean company has created a smartphone that's positioned slightly higher than the L7, so it will be interesting to see whether the hardware matches that intention. Unfortunately, most retailers and operators have choosen to ignore the L9 possibly because it would overlap with the superior LG Optimus 4X HD (opens in new tab) which was launched nearly eight months before and was already finding its way in bargain bins .

At a first glance the L9 looks quite a bit like the L7. It has the same rectangular design and also the chrome strip around the edges. Below the screen you again have three buttons, the middle one of which is a physical button. That's Home. Back and Menu are capacitive. The L9 is slightly larger than the L7, however. The display of 4.7 inches is also a bit larger than the 4.3-inch screen of the L7, so it's clear we are dealing with a different phone here.

The L9 comes with Android 4.0, but supposedly an update to version 4.1 will be made available at some point. The L9 is pretty light for a smartphone that size, at 124 grams. It also doesn't heavy with its sleek design, and it fits nicely in your hand.

On the right side of the phone you'll find the power button, with the volume buttons on the left. On the bottom there is the Micro USB port for charging and for connecting the L9 to a PC. The speaker is located and the bottom of the back side, and a 5 MP camera with flash at the top. When you remove the back cover, you find a 2150 mAh / 8.2 Whr battery and above it a SIM card and a micro SD slot in a single module. If you like listening to music on your phone, then the maximum of 32 GB you can add is very nice. The included storage is limited to a bit more than 2 GB.

The LG Optimus L9 has dual-band wireless capability, meaning that you can connect via WiFi on both 2.4 Ghz and 5 GHz bands. This is quite unique actually, there aren't a lot of smartphones out there that can boast the same. Appel and Samsung are the frontrunners in this area. Another unique feature on the L9 (that was also present on the L7, is NFC. As of yet it doesn't have very many applications, but it could be useful. Check out the rest of the review of the LG Optimus L9 on (opens in new tab).