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Google Nexus 5 gets its GCF certification, reveals zippy LTE speeds

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Google Nexus 5 gets its GCF certification, reveals zippy LTE speeds
On Friday, we told you that the Google Nexus 5 had made it through the Bluetooth SIG. Now, the device has been handed its GCF certification. The documentation reveals that the eagerly awaited stock Android model offers LTE speeds as fast as 150Mbps for LTE UE Category 4. That is the fastest speed in the category.

The LG-D821 model of the phone, which is the same variant presented to the Bluetooth SIG, supports LTE 2600(B7)/2100(B1)/1800( B3)/850
(B/800(B20) MHz, W-CDMA 2100(I)/1900(II)/1700(IV)/900(VIII)/850(V) MHz, and GSM 1900/1800/900/850MHz. The phone, and the Android 4.4 OS build expected to power the unit, are both rumored to be unveiled on October 15th. With both the Bluetooth SIG and GCF certification completed, that date is looking pretty good right now. One rumored launch date for the Google Nexus 5 is October 31st.

We expect the model to feature a screen close to 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 resolution, powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with the Adreno 330 GPU handling graphics. 2GB of RAM is on board. An 8MP snapper with OIS will be on back. Last week, we received a tip that there will be a 16GB version of the phone for $299 powered by a 2300mAh cell and a 32GB model for $399 powered by a 3000mAh battery. We will continue to view that with a skeptical eye for now until we hear the actual specs from LG or Google.

source: GSMInsider via SlashGear

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posted on 12 Oct 2013, 17:45 6

1. Darth_Muffin (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)


Wuhuuu! so close to getting one of these babies... :D

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 17:49 6

2. PootisMan (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I am literally dying in anticipation for this phone. Come on Google take my money!

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:12 2

11. madmikepr (Posts: 87; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


leaks and more leaks and where is the Damn phoneee GOOGLEEEE ??????
HURRY UP my credit card is Ready lol :)

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 17:50 6

3. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


wth man, i miss the surprises... so many details!

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:14 1

12. madmikepr (Posts: 87; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


you are right when they announced i will be like I know that already NOW TAKE MY MONEY xD lol

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 18:04

4. datsyuk (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Do those bands leave Verizon in or out can someone confirm for me

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:05

8. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Right now VZW operates on

Frequencies used on the Verizon Network
Frequency Band Band number Protocol Class Status Notes
850 MHz Cellular 0 1xRTT/EV-DO/eHRPD 3G In service
1900 MHz PCS 1 1xRTT/EV-DO/eHRPD 3G In service
700 MHz Block C 13 LTE 4G In service Full coverage end of Q2 2013
1700/2100 MHz AWS 4 LTE 4G Build out starts in 2H 2013[30]

So that looks like a no.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:08

9. datsyuk (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


So depressing, been waiting for this since the Nexus 4.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:10

10. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I'm just hoping some software drivers could be built to support others bands. I don't know if this is a hardware or software limitation. I assume hardware, but I don't know.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:15

14. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I'm guessing after reading this,
http://www.antenna-theory.com/design/cellantenna.php
that the answer will be a very big no. Unless there is hidden support in the phone that we obviously don't know about yet.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:22 1

15. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


With the fail that was the GN on VZW and how it hasn't gotten the support that the international version has, I would assume that we will never see another VZW nexus anything ever again. I wish google would start a wholesale carrier on VZW's network and stick fork in their eye.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:51

17. datsyuk (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Yeah as long as it carried the radios and I could activate it. I could care less if they let Verizon sell it.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 20:14

18. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Oh, I agree. But I kinda doubt they do or it would probably have to be in the FCC filing. Here's to hoping we are wrong.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 20:25

20. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But Verizon does. They won't activate it until they "certify" it, and that would be never.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 20:35

21. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think with the SIM based phones(LTE) it's not up to VZW to activate it. Just plug and go. But that assumes we have their frequency support and that has yet to be seen. From the above, we only have support for the 2100, 1900, and 850 bands. In order for it to work we would need the 700(B13). That's the only reason, as I understand it, that it wouldn't work.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 22:45 1

28. o0Exia0o (Posts: 317; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Thats only partially right. You see with LTE you could pop in a sim and (with the right bands supported) the LTE would work. But with Verizon all cell calls still run through thier CDMA network. What all of this means is that you could pop in a sim and if the right bands are supported then you could get data on the phone but you would still have to have them activate it on thier CDMA network so that you could make calls and/or use sms. Now when VZW switches to VoLTE then that would be possable. But untill then....

But yet again we are f*&ed by vzw...

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 18:49 1

5. Derekjeter (Posts: 185; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Please tell me this is coming to Verizon. I love my G2 but since coming from the iPhone 5 and not having any bloatware was cool. I think all this crap on the G2 slows it down a bit.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 20:24

19. apple4never (Posts: 920; Member since: 08 May 2013)


its still pretty dam fast

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 22:30

27. trustory (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


i dont think hes talking about the lg g2

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 12:11

35. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Just root it and de-bloat it bro... Simple...

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 18:53

6. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Any chance that the N5 will be unofficially able to run on all VZW bands? Or is that all in antenna design?

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:14

13. datsyuk (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Really hoping so. Phone has good screen size, and Google optimization more than any other phone.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:04

7. pokedude750 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


I hate to be "this" guy but PA please stop just using this one picture for all the Nexus 5 articles.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 19:40

16. harigrg33 (Posts: 142; Member since: 20 May 2013)


eagerly waiting for this chota packet bada dhamaka to launch soooon, my money is ready for it...

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 21:07

22. Bozzor (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Those price points, if correct, will see waiting times of many weeks for this handset, possibly months: these sort of specs are line ball with the top range of all Android players...at a price point around 30-40% lower.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 22:01

25. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Sadly, that's price point is where ALL the flag ships should be off contract. Contracts completely fonked the pricing of these things. Honestly, it's the only reason you don't see a solid adjustment down like every other market.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 22:26 1

26. Shatter (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Only carrier I can ever see cutting the price to buy an off contract phone is tmobile.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 22:54 1

29. 14545 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


That's my point. The carriers like contracts. And people are too stupid to stop signing them. So they aren't going anywhere. And that means the OFFC price will never change because people don't really know what that price is. all they know is "OMG, I got my iphone for 199."

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 12:05 1

33. Shatter (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Most people who don't know that a phone cost $600 off contract usually think its a ripoff when you tell them.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 21:41 1

23. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Can't wait. Using my work iphone 5s right now and I can't wait to use this as my daily driver instead.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 21:44 1

24. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 888; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


i think everybody will go for 32gb 3000mah bat. even if its $399.99 or $459.99. it will sell out in minutes.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 00:28

30. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Do you think the Nexus 5 is going to play well with AT&T? Thank you

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 12:07 1

34. Shatter (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yes it has all the bands for pretty much every GSM carrier in the world. That incldues ATT and T-Mobile and all of their smaller prepaid companies like Straighttalk and Aio Wireless.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 13:21

36. wildabeast84 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


I'm not seeing 700mhz lte for att either?! Is it just me or do these bands fit with sprints new network coming soon best?

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 22:12

38. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


That's interesting. I think the last years Nexus 4 worked fine on AT&T?!

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 23:16

39. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Hoping for 3000mAh battery for at least the 32gb model if not both 16 & 32.

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