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.

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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