The LG Q9 is the first smartphone released in 2019 by LG. The smartphone was released in Korea and comes with some nice premium features. One of those features is IP68 water resistance. It comes with a lot of up & downs that will make you ask “why did LG bother releasing the smartphone in the first place?”. Stay with me as I review the LG Q9 smartphone.
LG Q9 Design
The design of the LG Q9 is no different from the LG G7 Fit. It weighs 159 grams and measures 7.9 mm in thickness. At the back of the LG Q9 is a single camera, LED flash and a rounded fingerprint scanner, all in a vertical direction at the top centre. The front display features a wide top notch, which packs the selfie camera, earpiece and other sensors.
The LG Q9 passed the military MIL-STD-810G toughness standard and has an IP68 water/dust resistance. You can get this device in three different colour options; Carmine Red, New Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue.
Dimensions: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 159 grams
SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Colours: Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue
3.5 mm jack: Yes
– IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
– MIL-STD-810G compliant
– 32-bit/192kHz audio
– DTS: X Surround Sound
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
LG Q9 Display
The LG Q9 features 6.1 inches QHD+ IPS LCD touchscreen. The screen features HDR10 and Always-on display. The display comes with a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 564 PPI density.
Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size: 6.1 inches (82.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (564 PPI density)
– Always-on display
The main camera of the Q9 features a 16 MP wide sensor, f/2.2 aperture and PDAF, HDR, Panorama and LED flash. The camera of the LG smartphone can record 4K resolution videos at 30fps. The front camera features an 8 MP wide sensor, f/1.9 aperture and HDR.
Single: 16 MP, f/2.2, 28mm (wide), PDAF
Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
Single: 8 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide)
For some weird reasons we just can’t figure out, the 2016’s Snapdragon 821 powers the LG Q9. That’s a three years back chipset with the only 4-core processor. While most 2019 smartphone has a chipset with an 8-core processor. The Snapdragon 821 chip features Adreno 530 GPU. It comes with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, which is decent enough.
Chipset: Snapdragon 821 (14 nm)
CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPU: Adreno 530
MicroSD: up to 512 GB
We are not getting three years back software like the hardware. The LG Q9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with all its features like PIP (Picture-in-Picture), Smart text selection, password autofills and many more.
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
User Interface: –
Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
The LG Q9 packs a non-removable Li-ion 3000 mAh battery. This battery capacity is simply lacking behind in 2019. It does support 18W fast battery charging, which should easily fill up this small capacity.
Type: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Charging: Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 3.0)
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio: FM radio
USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
LG Q9 Price