Nexus 5 passes through Brazil's FCC-equivalent, causes even more confusion

Nexus 5 passes through Brazil's FCC-equivalent, causes even more confusion

Filings for a device codenamedLG-821 from Anatel, Brazil's telecom regulator, have been unearthed,suggesting that the Brazilian market may be getting its very ownversion of the upcoming Nexus 5. Before we get into the specificinformation that the filing brings to our attention, lets just holdoff for a minute longer and delve into what this could mean.

If you're at all aware of howGoogle's highly sought-after Nexus 4 was distributed, you'll probablyknow that availability was pretty limited (and not just because ofsupply hiccups). Namely, unless you lived in say, the States or theUK, for example, chances were that your local Play Store didn't havethe Nexus 4 to distribute it in the area. This has largely meant thatNexus 4-enthusiast had to find ways around this via unofficialchannels, severely impacting the reach of what continues to be apretty great device. Well, this new tidbit may indicate that theGoogle/LG duo is gearing for a more serious push this time around –a decision that is both very welcome, and one that makes a lot of business sense.

Despite our wish to get back tosomething a fair bit more specific (and a great deal lessspeculative), we're nevertheless dragged into the guessing game onceagain, a game that the Nexus 5 has made us unwilling participants ofseveral times now.

Those of you keeping close tabs onthe Nexus 5 probably remember that it wasn't always as clear whetherthe LG-D821that recently passed through the FCC was the Nexus 5 after all.Rather, at certain points, it seemed very likely that it'sactually a variant of the LG G2 (on which the Nexus 5 is said tobe based, further complicating things). Another device, the LG-D820,now widely recognized as the actual Nexus 5, was also spotted through FCC and it sported dimensions of131.9x68.2mm, which is an improvement over the 133.9x68.7mm on theNexus 4, considering that the display grew to 4.96-inches. The realpuzzler here, however, is that the Anatel documents list the LG-D821at the much larger 137.9x69x8.6mm, very similar to the dimensions ofthe LG G2, again wrecking havoc to the nicely pieced together storywe had so far. What's even more confusing is the fact that Anatelalso published an image of the LG-D821's back and it wouldn't be a stretchby any means to say that this is the Nexus 5, not to mention that thedevices was listed as weighing 135g, against the LG G2's 143g (Nexus4 is 139g).

We'll leave you to draw theconclusions for yourself, though here's our (speculative) thinking.Firstly, a trivial error could very well be the cause of thedifferences in dimensions, though given the precision with whichthese tests are usually performed, we find that a little far-fetched.Alternatively, and this really strikes us as equally unlikely –Google/LG may be testing two versions of the Nexus 5, with differentscreen estate, for example. This is, unlikely, as we said, because weactually expect the Nexus 5 to see the light of day fairly soon –October has been hinted a lot.If this last part is indeed true, that means that, ultimately, itshouldn't be too long until the duo puts us out of our misery andannounces the darn thing already!

UPDATE: The title of the article has been edited, as a far more likely alternative explanation has been raised. Namely, LG has a manufacturing plant in Brazil, which may very likely be involved in the production in the upcoming Nexus 5. This means, in short, that the new Google phone is simply going through the routine, and it also probably means that a worldwide release of the Nexus 5 is, again, unlikely.

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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. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Do I sell my S4 to purchase this..?

2. haneef4u

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

No dude....just your pocket money would be enough to buy this.. ;)

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yes, because I always believe you should talk about selling a phone before another phone is even announced. *sarcasm* Just wait it until it's actually released to form an opinion on whether you should sell your old phone or not.

6. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013


10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

As you wish..

22. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sell your S4 and get a Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. just saying.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"Nexus 5 to be released worldwide?" if it does that will be so sweet...... Best affordable beasty smartphone, no doubt.....

8. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Hell yeah.

19. zhiae unregistered

i hate that camera so ugly i hate how it looks .

5. 110410

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

To be release worldwide but....... overpriced! F**k LG Asus and samsungs nexus devices last year maybe priced higher than playstore price but it was at the very least close to the original price LG was a dumb f**k.... No usb otg as well stupid f**k

7. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Do you even know what crap are you saying?

16. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

What a idiot!!

17. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Thank you. I think a few of my brain cells died from reading your post.

9. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

nexus 4 price in Vietnam is sky-rocket, as high as $480~$500usd when it's hot :D :D haha. Now it's about $380-420. Hope I can get a Nexus 5 with reasonable price !

20. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Are all smart phones expensive there or only this model?

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Does it come out with SD card slot?

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


13. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

NO! We all know that Google is against them. Sorry to ruin your day.

14. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

If the camera is improved (good OIS) i may consider switching from N4. Performance-wise, my N4 is excellent, and i don't need LTE yet.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

The only one confusing thing for me is such wide glass on the camera eye. It looks ugly and I'm pretty sure that such small camera eye won't utilize whole diameter of such wide glass. It looks like a door peephole.

21. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I don't get that either. The actual lens is small, why it needs such a big cover is odd.

23. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

well that's a mystery for now. I'm sure that wide glass will be having some use. Leaks or official announcement will definitely tell us more about it.

18. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

I'm still loving my n4. The things that would make me consider getting the "n5" would be a slightly larger screen without being a much bigger phone, better battery life, and more storage. Give me any 2 out of those 3 things and I'll get it. Better specs would be nice but not necessary at this point.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nexus 4 2013 by Motorola. Nexus 5 by LG makes sense. Naming scheme fits with Google's current naming scheme. With the number representing the screen size and tagging on the year or FHD at the end to show that it is the latest model.

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Nexus 4 by LG not by Motorola.

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

He meant that Motorola would make a refreshed version of the Nexus 4 in 2013 and LG would make the Nexus 5.

26. poping unregistered

i hope it comes with the envelop tracker just like note 3...

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