- Analysis by KJ David
The 2019 LG Q9 is an overall mid-range Android phone when it comes to technical specs. Its cons are led by a quad-core-only Snapdragon 821 processor that peaks at 2.4GHz (according to Qualcomm), seeing that octa-core-powered smartphones were dominating this market segment around the time of this technical review. Sitting alongside its CPU is a tolerable 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. We also cannot help but wish that it packed more than 64GB of internal memory , although that drawback is rather negligible, knowing that the Q9 blusters with a 2TB memory card slot .
The Q9's biggest pro is its display, in the form of a 6.1-inch interface boasting an expansive 19.5:9 aspect ratio , a flagship-class 3120 x 1440 QHD+ resolution , and a pixel density of 564ppi -- see how it fares versus the best phablets and large-screen phones here. Moreover, like some higher-specked 6-inchers featured here on Phonerated, the Q9's screen supports HDR10 content.
Also among its pros and cons is a waterproof and dust-tight IP68-rated exterior , which was the go-to rugged facet for many popular rugged phones as we were checking it out. Additionally, it passes the MIL-STD-810G certification that gives it native resistance to accidental drops, temperature extremes, and salt fogs, among other things.
Heading over to its cameras, the Q9 offers a respectable (coming from a 2019 mid-ranger) 16-megapixel primary camera bedecked with a standard LED flash and autofocus. Up front, it offers an 8-megapixel selfie camera that won't likely turn heads, given the number of tantamount models rocking 13-megapixel (or higher) selfie shooters.
In charge of the stamina department is a passable 3000mAh battery scoring a middling 14-hour talk time, while a standard rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is on security duties. This LG model is offered in New Moroccan Blue, New Aurora Black, and Carmine Red, with the Android 8.1 Oreo platform tying all its pros and cons together.
So, when it comes to technical features, LG's Q9 seems to be a solid choice for middle-class smartphone shoppers who want a relatively sharp display and a generous external memory allowance.
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