Did the FCC just give thumbs up to the LG Nexus 5, spotted on the KitKat unveiling video?

Did the FCC just give thumbs up to the LG Nexus 5, spotted on the KitKat unveiling video?
You might remember on Wednesday that video we showed you of the KitKat statue unveiling on Google's lawn that showed someone using a mysterious Nexus branded phone to take a picture. Right away, the interwebs burned up with news that this mysterious device was an LG built Nexus 5 smartphone. On Thursday, we can pass along the news to you that a phone similar to this device just got thumbs up from the FCC.

Based on pictures from the FCC documentation, the device submitted to the Feds has a curved back and a large camera opening just like the mystery phone seen in the video. What we know about the device is that it goes by the model number D820, is made by LG and is equipped with a 4.96 inch screen. The phone supports 7 LTE bands (bands 2/4/5/17/25/26/41) which are compatible with carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. There is also coverage for CDMA / EVDO rev A, pentaband DC-HSPA+ and quadband GSM / EDGE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac. Whew!

Some other documents have revealed more information such as the news that the phone is running firmware M8974A, and the software version listed is "aosp_hammerhead-userdebug KyeLimePieFACTORY eng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154." The former suggests that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is under the hood while the latter, with the Key Lime Pie typo, tells us that KitKat is installed. The handset measures 131.9mm by 68.2mm.

If the speed with which a video is pulled corresponds to how secret the information on the video is, there is no doubt that this analysis is on the right track. All those who had LG as the manufacturer of the Nexus 5 in the office pool appear to be victorious.

source: FCC, S4G, Engadget via AndroidandMe

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Good job on the find S4GRU! Woo, this is exciting that a Nexus might be coming to Sprint again, looks like Verizon will be left out this time...understandable considering their history with releasing updates.

39. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Those bands cover AT&T/TMobile/Sprint. No Verizon support here. Not a shocker.

2. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Ugh... I want to know the display resolution!

3. Gigabinzle

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

am i the only one who thinks those backs are different ?

7. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

just thought the same thing. the one with the guy looks more squarish. the other pics are kind of rounded.

12. gorticus

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

Yeah I agree, the video device looks very square. Also the camera doesn't appear to be in same corner.

14. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

How does the camera not appear to be in the same corner? In the documents you are look at the inside of the back cover, if it were on the phone it would look exactly as in the picture.

32. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

ur kidding right

38. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah the pic is of the inside so camera is in the same spot. It does look more rounded though.

40. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

First render based on the leaks , suggest a squarish corners : http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/nexus-5-render.jpg?w=570

42. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hope this true with these thin bezels and bigger screen.

26. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Nexus would never be printed in landscape. On Nexus 4, it was in portrait. So yeah, this is fake.

27. blingblingthing

Posts: 982; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

So google posted a fake video then pulled it why?

36. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

First N7 was printed on the back in portrait, second N7 was printed on the back in landscape.

4. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Holding out for this on sprint

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I personally would never buy a Nexus phone on any carrier because the carriers then get to control when you get your updates. Hopefully, this new iteration of the Nexus will keep the low-cost unlocked price set by it's predecessor.

34. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Maybe CDMA, my GSM Nexus 4 has never gotten updates from anyone other than Google. I received 4.3 about three days after it was announced.

6. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I'm hoping for a device I can get in the play store and use on sprint, hasn't existed yet and this looks like it could be it

8. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I wonder if they will put 1080p in this device. Considering the document shows a 2300mAh battery. 1600x900 at 4.96 is still 370 ppi. Just sayin.

23. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

.....everyone asking for 1080p screens.....WHY? i've used both 720 and 1080 side by side and could barely note the difference ...otherwise u wouldn't even know...key is colour - reproduction and Nits aka sun visibility...720p over 1080 since batterys bettery too and cheap to make too

24. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

They are upgrading the screen size so they shouldn't use 720p. The PPI at 720p would be below 300. The Nexus 4 has has 318 PPI. It doesn't make any sense for an upgraded phone to be less sharp.

25. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

i see ur point and yeah it would be possibly be a down grade but by "sharp" u mean specs wise not ...what Human eyes can't tell the difference wise

29. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

New Droids are 720P with 5" screens. And those are top price devices. The Nexus is a budget device. I'd be surprised if it's anything but 720P. A 4.96" screen is still 296 PPI. That is plenty!

9. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Where do you see the 2300 battery

10. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

2nd image at the bottom where it says "Battery Options"

11. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

This news makes me happy, mainly that it will have lte! That was the only reason I opted not to get the nexus 4

13. AAPL1

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I would say its going to be 720p resolution because judging from the back plate it looks to be based on the lg g2 with a slightly smaller screen. The g2 has a 3000 mAh battery and this has just a 2300 mAh. Seems like 1080p would result in crappy battery life given the battery size. Plus if the new droids are any indication we can tell google is ok with going 5.0in in screen size with 720p. I'd say we're looking at 720p. Not to mention a 720p panel would keep cost down as well.

16. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Google had little influence on the Droids. The only place where they had influence in Motorola products are the software (close to stock) and the Moto X. It was Motorola's independent choice to put a 5" 720p panel on the Ultra and Maxx, I'm sure Google had nothing to do with it.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

1080p LCD-IPS, 3 GB of RAM(?), and a Snapdragon 800 are probably going to be the Nexus 5's specs. Hopefully it will have an awesome camera too, it better be amazing if the opening for it is that big. Really, that thing is just gaping, almost as bad as (formerly) Nokia's devices.

30. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Only thing you might be correct on there is the Snapdragon 800. Maybe.

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