By Stephen Schenck | October 22, 2012 2:45 PM
We’ve known for some weeks now that LG’s Optimus L9 would be finding a home at T-Mobile this fall. At the time of that news, neither T-Mobile nor LG were willing to say anything along the lines of just when the phone would hit stores, and hadn’t yet revealed at what price the handset would launch. Some leaks managed to at least give us an idea of when to expect the L9, but we had been awaiting official confirmation. That comes through today, upon T-Mobile announcing that the LG L9 will go up for sale on October 31.
An earlier roadmap also suggested the same Halloween release, and now that we see that’s true, we’re putting a little more faith in the rest of what that leak had to share. Pricing for the L9 is a little complicated, as this is T-Mobile we’re talking about, so you’ll be able to buy it on a Classic plan for just about $80 after rebate, or on a Value plan for closer to $50.
Keep in mind that we saw the phone listed for essentially free-on-contract in a recent Walmart leak, so it’s conceivable we’ll see other retailers similarly undercut these T-Mobile figures.
While it’s no Optimus G, the L9 has a more sophisticated look to it than some other budget-priced smartphones. The handset features a dual-core 1GHz SoC, 4.5-inch qHD display, and five-megapixel camera.