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LG's L9 Android phone announced with 4.7-inch IPS display and OCR translation app

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LG's new L9 continues its L-Series design-centric lineup with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 4.7-inch screen. The phone also includes QTranslator, a new app that uses optical character recognition to translate text from 44 foreign languages.

lg l9 official
lg l9 official

Following LG's announcement of its new flagship Optimus G yesterday, the company is revealing the latest in its lineup of L-Series design-centric phones; the 4.7-inch L9. With a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 2,150 mAh battery, the 9.1-millimeter-thick L9 isn’t breaking any new ground, but the angled back and metallic accents could appeal to those more focused on appearance than specs.

LG is keeping quiet on a few details, like the resolution of the L9’s screen or any kind of release schedule, but we know the phone will have one new trick — an app called QTranslator that LG says can scan text in 44 foreign languages, and using optical character recognition (OCR), translate the text into 64 user languages. It certainly sounds like a useful feature, but with Google Translate adding OCR support a few weeks ago, we're not sure how much utility it will actually add.