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

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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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)

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36 Comments

1. Darth_Muffin

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

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

2. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

11. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

3. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

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

12. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

4. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

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

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

9. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

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

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

15. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

17. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

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

18. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

21. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

28. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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...

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1449; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

19. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

its still pretty dam fast

27. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

i dont think hes talking about the lg g2

35. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1207; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

13. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

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

7. pokedude750

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

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

16. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

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

22. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 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.

25. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

26. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

29. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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."

33. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

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