T-Mobile Introduces Budget Smartphones LG Optimus L9 and Nokia Lumia 810

T-Mobile is all about those budget phones, lining up two new low-cost offerings – the LG Optimus L9 and the Nokia Lumia 810.

The LG Optimus L9 is a budget Android 4.0 phone, and, because it’s on T-Mobile’s network, you can bet it has 4G connectivity. The 4.5” qHD display is bolstered by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. A 5 MP rear-facing camera can take video in 1080p, and you will be able to take photos using voice commands, as well as panoramic photos. The phone is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor. All of that will be powered by a 2,150 mAh battery.

More interestingly, you’ll be able to make calls over a Wi-Fi network, in case you happen to find yourself in a place with a Wi-Fi connection, but poor T-Mobile reception.

The Nokia Lumia 810 will be an early budget Windows Phone 8 offering. There will be the same 4G connectivity to T-Mobile’s network, along with a 4.3-inch OLED WVGA display. The phone will also come with cyan and black shells that can be swapped, both of which take advantage of the phone’s wireless charging capabilities.

Nokia’s aggressive run at camera dominance continues, with an 8 MP rear-facing camera feature Carl Zeiss optics. That camera can be used to take panorama shots, and can create animated .gif files using Cinemagraph. The 1.2 MP front-facing camera is Skype HD certified.

Nokia also has a core of navigation apps that are worthy of mention. Nokia City Lens is an augmented reality app that uses GPS information to display information about businesses on their walls when looked at through the phone’s lens. Nokia Drive is the turn-by-turn navigation app, while Nokia Transit provides public transportation directions.

Nokia Music will also come pre-loaded, which offers curated playlists without advertisements and without requiring an account or a subscription.

Both the LG Optimus L9 and Nokia Lumia 810 are expected in stores sometime this month, but pricing details are currently unavailable.

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