LG Q9 goes official with familiar design, middling features, excessive price

LG Q9 goes official with familiar design, middling features, excessive price
LG has a CES 2019 event scheduled for a little later today, but curiously enough, the company chose to unveil the long-rumored Q9 mid-range phone in Korea ahead of the Las Vegas trade show’s official start.

As the name suggests, the LG Q9 follows in the footsteps of not one, but two different Q8 variants, although its design and technical specifications are actually pretty much identical to those of the G7 Fit.

The hope is this will be eventually announced for the US market as well, perhaps under yet another name with a built-in stylus in tow. We’ll keep our fingers crossed the LG Q9 also gets a more aggressive price point stateside, as the 499,400 won domestic tag roughly equates to $445.

That’s arguably excessive for a “new” handset packing 2016’s Snapdragon 821 processor in combination with a relatively small 3,000 mAh battery and an otherwise respectable 4 gigs of RAM.

LG Q9 goes official with familiar design, middling features, excessive price

While the notched 6.1-inch “FullVision” display is not bad at all, borrowing the 3,120 x 1,440 pixel resolution from the high-end LG G7 ThinQ, it’s a tad underwhelming to see a single 16MP rear-facing camera and a single 8MP selfie shooter offered in the aforementioned price bracket. Of course, that doesn’t guarantee a sub-par imaging experience, but it’s not particularly encouraging either.

On the decidedly bright side of things, the LG Q9 promises to deliver state-of-the-art audio with a loud Booombox speaker, Hi-Fi Quad DAC system, and DTS:X stereo enhancements. The design is also a winner, thanks to a shiny glass back, IP68 water resistance rating, and eye-catching Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Moroccan Blue paint jobs. But seeing Android 8.1 Oreo run on a 2019 device is disappointing, to say the least.

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6 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1604; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

A single rear camera with large pixel size and OIS can be vastly better than a myriad useless dual or triple setups. But I think the Q9 does not have either of those features anyway. The Q9 looks like a G6 with the G7 screen.

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 568; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LG gonna turn itself into HTC if they keep up with this

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3024; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Heck, you could get BNIB V30 (with SD835) for that price right now.

4. djcody

Posts: 197; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

On ebay I found for kido brand new v30 312$.

6. DFranch

Posts: 468; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The V30 is a great phone. Great battery life. Had mine since launch, and still haven't seen a new phone I wanted to upgrade to. I was tempted by the OnePlus 6t though and I might bite on the OnePlus 7 when it comes out if it has wireless charging.

5. maxdroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 29, 2018

LG is gradually withdrawing from the cheap phone market.

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