Ahead of its CES 2019 event, LG has announced a new mid-range device in Korea and it’s an interesting mixed bag. The major talking point of the new LG Q9 is the Snapdragon 821, a processor that launched two and a half years ago.
It’s baffling why a brand new phone in 2019 would use a 2016 processor, but the rest of the specs are less disappointing. The device features a 6.1-inch “FullVision” display with a resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 with a notch, 4GB of RAM, a single 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front facing camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
The device also borrows some high end features from the G series, like the Hi-Fi Quad DAC for superior audio through the headphone jack, a Boombox loudspeaker, IP68 water resistance, and a glass back. But things like the processor, camera, and Android 8.1 Oreo hold the phone back.
The device will launch in Korea for 499,400 won, or around $447. Considering some of the high end features included, the price seems fair but the compromises made are very strange ones.