LG Q9 is a reheated G7 Fit for students


LG has this week launched a new phone, but it’s not a flagship. Instead its a new entry to its Q-series, the LG Q9.

The phone is a curious move for the Korean company. Although it’s set to debut in the country for US$450, it’ll only be available in six months time.

Stranger still is the spec sheet, which looks an awful lot like the LG G7 Fit which it launched back in August 2018.

The Q9 features a now customary large, fairly dense and notched screen of 6.1 inches with a 3120×1440 resolution. LG also claims it’s the brightest in its category.

Internally, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 features — a chipset that will be three years old this year — mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is a microSD card slot too.

LG’s resisted the temptation of multiple cameras, with a single 8MP snapper up front, and 16MP at the rear.

It has also not bothered with the latest version of Android, instead choosing the more established but ageing Android 8.1 Oreo.

Other niceties include Bluetooth 5.0 LE support, NFC, WiFi 802.11 ac support, and a USB-C 3.1 port for charging. There’s a headphone jack and LG’s 32-bit DAC for audio purists too. And for butterfingers, the phone also features 1P68 dust and water resistance.

The LG Q9 is seemingly a South Korean exclusive at this stage aimed at proud parents for graduating children, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see the device in South Africa.

Feature image: LG

Andy Walker, former editor


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