Specs summary


The LG Optimus L9's screen is 4.5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.


There is a ARM Cortex A9 Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2150 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 28 days standby time, 1740 minutes (2G).

It's not the most powerful handset in the world, but what it does do, it does nicely.

- Blake Stimac , IntoMobile 

The reasonable price tag, dual-core processor, and Android 4.0, make the LG Optimus L9 a reliable midlevel handset for T-Mobile users.

- Lynn La , Cnet 

Reviews summary

Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent viewing angles
  • Sturdy build quality
  • No lag when performing standard activities
  • Battery lasts 7 hours with intensive use

What's bad  

  • Only 4GB of onboard storage
  • Dimensions difficult for one-handed use

When compared to its predecessor, the Optimus L7, critics are quick to note that the LG Optimus L9 offers a higher quality experience. Phonescoop praises the build and manufacturing of the phone stating, "Nothing about the L9 is creaky or loose." Design-wise reviewers point out the attractive albeit somewhat generic rectangular slab. It measures in at 5.2" x 2.7" x 0.36 inches and weighs 122 grams. While most critics found these dimensions easy to handle for long periods of time without fatigue, PCMag had difficulty using it one-handed.

The viewing experience on the L9 is also a step up from the L7. The 4.5" LCD display offers a qHD resolution of 540 pixels. While the resolution isn't as good as more high-end devices, reviewers agree that it offers crisp, bright images, good viewing angles and excellent bright light legibility. In order to prevent scratches, a layer of Gorilla Glass 2 protects the display.

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In terms of specs, the phone offers an adequate 1 GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. GSM Arena benchmark tests put the device solidly in middle. After performing some real world tests, critics did not experience any lag when performing normal activities or when playing less graphics intensive games. Battery life exceeded expectation lasting over 7 hours in Laptop Mag's battery test. Unfortunately, the one drawback of the phone is its 4GB storage. While there is an expandable microSD slot, the space is only usable for images and videos not apps.

For a budget handset, experts were fairly impressed with the overall quality. Although the phone doesn't offer the best hardware or display out there, TMO News states, "if you just want a nice little Android phone, don't care about the most recent updates and just want something that'll power you through the day, the L9 is a great choice."

Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


Attractive styling and wallet-friendly price

from GSMArena

So, it turns out there's quite a lot to like about the LG Optimus L9. Its key selling point is the big screen, which is rather hard to come by in this price range. Retina levels of pixel density were out of the question - should we say, budget - but qHD doesn't look too bad.

The reasonably powerful hardware, nice looks, and excellent custom user interface are some more good reasons to choose the L9 if you are into big-screened smartphones.

The one thing that might turn a few users away is the disappointing camera performance, though imaging isn't necessarily everyone's top p... Full review


Simple and understated design is easy on the eyes but might not pop enough for some

from IntoMobile

There's a special place for the likes of the LG Optimus 9. It seems too easy to come out with a crappy mid-range handset, which is why it's refreshing to see a phone that does exactly what it promises to do, without an over-bloated UI or poor performance. The L9 is a solid handset for the mid-range market that performs servicably. Of course, if we could, we'd attempt to sway you to a device like the Nexus 4, but the L9 should prove to be a good first-time smartphone, or for someone who wants a smartphone and wants to do some light gaming, without breaking the bank.

At $249 off contr... Full review

Android Guys

The price point is right for new smartphone users and it’s plenty of hardware for the money

from Android Guys

If you’re new to smartphones and are considering T-Mobile as your carrier, the Optimus L9 is easy to recommend. At only $80 with a two-year plan, there are far worse things you can do with your money. The 4.5-inch qHD display is one of the better looking screens you can get for that kind of cash and the overall package is quite compelling. The Android 4.0 and dual-core experience is more than just a step up from other budget offerings across other carriers. Yes, there are still Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices readily available and for not much less. Taken as a whole, this is the kind... Full review


For a budget handset, the LG Optimus L9 impresses

from SlashGear

In no way is the phone the best, but its sleek design, nice screen, and the fact that it runs so smooth with have you thinking otherwise. Be sure that you consider the options before you pick one up, however, because while the Optimus L9 is good enough to be worthy of a recommendation here in 2012, its aging hardware means that probably won’t be the case when you enter the final part of your two-year contract in 2014.

Still, for $80 on contract, the Optimus L9 certainly isn’t a bad phone. It’s perfect for budget-minded consumers who don’t need the very best,... Full review


An affordable entry-level Android handset for T-Mobile

from Engadget

The Optimus L9 isn't totally without merit. We appreciate its boxy yet dapper design and its sharp, colorful display. And while the performance didn't blow us away, it's more than good enough for everyday tasks like browsing the web, checking email and playing the occasional game. We also enjoyed the addition of T-Mobile's WiFi calling feature. Yet, its mediocre camera reminds us of its mid-level status, the carrier's bloatware is a disappointment and LG's UI 3.0, though inoffensive, belongs in the past. Its short battery life is also a practical issue that buyers should be aware of before... Full review

Android Community

An extremely light and thin phone that performs extremely well

from Android Community

I won’t beat around the bush: For only $80, this phone performs, and if you’re looking for an extremely-thin handset that has an affordable price tag, the L9 could easily be a good choice. However, there’s still some sacrifices that you’ll have to make if you decide to grab this device. It doesn’t have a HD display, which is particularly disappointing considering that it has a huge 4.5-inch screen. Also, the camera isn’t quite good enough to replace your dedicated point-and-shoot camera. However, if you’re not too concerned about photo or video qual... Full review


Sleek, comfortable design with high quality display and snappy performance

from PhoneArena

The LG Optimus L9 brings a great budget option to T-Mobile’s lineup. It is of course not as good as the forthcoming Nexus 4, but it absolutely holds its own with similar offerings from HTC and Samsung. The 4.5” IPS display is wonderful, and the dual core TI OMAP processor delivered smooth performance. We would have preferred a better camera, but at $80 on contract we can’t complain too much. Call performance and battery life both exceeded expectations, and we are a fan of the Optimus L9’s sleek design as well. T-Mobile certainly offers better devices, but for the pri... Full review


A compelling mid-level Android smartphone

from ZDNet
I was impressed by the LG Optimus L9 hardware and software performance and for those looking for a lower cost Android device I have no problem recommending the L9. It is very pocketable, has a long lasting battery, takes decent photos, and works well as a phone... Full review

An affordable Android 4.0, dual-core handset

from Cnet

Considering T-Mobile's offering of midrange 4G handsets, I'd recommend the LG Optimus L9. Its $80 sticker price (after a mail-in rebate and two-year service agreement) is reasonable, especially since T-Mobile's less expensive handsets run on Android 2.3 and start out only $30 cheaper. Plus, the phones that do offer native ICS, like the $150 Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G and HTC One S, take a steep rise in price.

But even putting aside the updated OS and 4G capabilities, users will also get a dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel that can record 1080p HD video. With these decent specs an... Full review

Phone Scoop

Offers a great balance between cost, features, and performance

from Phone Scoop
The LG Optimus L9 for T-Mobile is quite a good little phone. Aside from the less-than-prime materials used to build it, the L9 earns good marks across the board. The display is solid and the battery life quite good. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform runs smoothly and lets users control what they want. The stock messaging, media, and other tools are quite capable, and ensure that the L9 can compete with other smartphones when it comes to the basics... Full review

Super for the price.

Android running ICS I really like it all. Very light not big like some others. Powerful cameras. does Panoramas and video effects. minus a star for no light when there is a text and it is asleep. Get one!
Android running ICS I really like it all. Very light not big like some others. Powerful cameras. does Panoramas and video effects. minus a star for no light when there is a text and it is asleep. Get one! Less

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Full Specs

Release date October 31, 2012
Regions available USA
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
1700/2100 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor ARM Cortex A9 Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.7 W/kg
Body: 1.25 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 465 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
1740 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 28 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.8 x 0.9 cm
(5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 125 grams
(4.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Play Store, Polaris Office, YouTube, Google+)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): LG P769

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