The LG Optimus L9 II has been officially announced in the Netherlands, making it the latest sequel to the original Optimus L smartphones released last year. Despite belonging to a cheaper lineup of smartphones, this largest entry comes with improved specs as well as design that’s reminiscent of the Optimus G.
As a budget device, what does the LG Optimus L9 II have to stand out from the Android crowd? For starters, almost all aspects of the device are an improvement over the first LG Optimus L9. The display is upped to 4.7 inches and sports a true HD resolution and IPS technology for better viewing angles and high-quality colors. While previous rumors claim that the processor has a mere 1GHz clock speed, a press release from LG indicates that an unnamed dual-core 1.4GHz processor will actually run under the hood.
Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 1.3- and 8-megapixel front and rear shooters, and 8GB storage with microSD expansion. There’s also an IR blaster that allows the LG Optimus L9 II to act as a TV remote control. A so-called Turbo G feature will also be in the device, although its purpose or functionality is yet to be revealed. At 2150mAh, battery capacity is the same as the original L9, which invites the possibility of a negative impact in battery life because of the upgraded specs. In lieu of the latest version, only a rather outdated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean runs out of the box.
The earlier announcement of another LG smartphone, the high-end LG G2, may be hogging the spotlight for now. That may soon change, however, when more details about the LG Optimus L9 II gets revealed. There is currently no pricing information, but availability of the device is expected to be sometime in October.