IFA 2012 kicks off with launch of LG Optimus L9

29 Aug 2012

Tech enthusiasts, smartphone fans and gadget fiends: get ready. The press events for the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin have begun with LG first to announce a new product in the form of the Optimus L9 smartphone.

The so-called ‘smarter smartphone’ runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich packing a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of memory. Ever so slightly slimmer than the iPhone 4S at 9.1mm and lighter at 125g, the L9 follows the L3, L5 and L7 (and seems to tell us something about LG’s dislike of even numbers).

The square design with a metallic strip along the side houses a 4.7-inch IPS display, high-density 2,150mAh SiO+ battery, 5MP rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera.

The L9 also comes with additional features that help it to stand out, such as QTranslator, which uses optical character recognition technology totranslate words or whole sentences scanned with the device, and My Style Keypad, which lets users adjust how the keypad is displayed on-screen according to their preference, whether texting with two hands or one, right or left.

The phone also comes with QMemo, which lets users create and share notes using touch controls and handwriting.

Release and pricing details for the new phone have not yet been released.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic