Confusion clears over LG D820, a.k.a. the next Nexus (5)

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 12, 2013

Nexus 5 at Android 4.4 KitKat statue unveiling

The odds that the upcoming Nexus smartphone is made by LG just got better. Thanks to a newly discovered regulatory filing, we are now certain that the device with the codename LG D820 is not a CDMA version of the LG G2, as well known leaker @evleaks recently tweeted.

In case you’re not up to date with the story, here’s a briefing: last week, a device codenamed LG D820 was spotted in an FCC filing, showing the telltale signs of a Nexus device. The filing seemed to back earlier rumors that LG is making the next Nexus based on the G2’s hardware.

Then on Monday, @evleaks tweeted that the LG820 is actually a CDMA variant of the LG G2, and not a Nexus. @evleaks based his assumption on a supposed database entry showing the D821 as a CDMA LG G2 variant. From there, he concluded that the D820 and D821 are variants of the same device. But there were problems with this theory, mainly the fact that the dimensions in the FCC D820 filing were not even close to those of the LG G2.

Now we can put the speculation to rest because the D821 device appeared in an FCC filing of its own, and it’s clear that it’s actually a GSM version of the LG G2. Moreover, @evleaks retracted his earlier tweet:

To wrap up, even if the D821 and the D820 have similar codenames, they are actually different devices. The D820 can still be the fabled next Nexus.

  • MasterMuffin

    My body is ready

    • Wow xD such intense anticipation no sarcasm

      • MasterMuffin

        … for the bigger phone that I’m going to have to carry around, because Nexus 5 is most likely going to be bigger than s3.


        • Enjoy it as much as you please xD

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh I will ;D

          • Gilles LeBlanc

            Hahaha these phone releases are like christmas for grownups. Cant wait to get mine aswell, sucks we dont have release date yet :-(

          • MasterMuffin

            ^ The original comment said something about sex :D

          • imutau

            “Rumor” is an announcement in the early to middle of October with it’s release late October.

        • DroiderX

          Actually the Nexus 5 will be 4.7 mm smaller in heigh than the S3 and 2.4 mm narrower in width

          Nexus 5: 131.9mm tall and 68.2mm wide

          Galaxy S3: 136.6 x 70.6

          • MasterMuffin

            Yup and it’s going to come with Key Lime Pie. Oh wait…

            If you didn’t get, I’m implying that you’re trusting random rumors too much :)

          • Ropeyajn

            Ear piece?

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Bring on the LG820! No Nexus love for the CDMA…

  • Vini a.k.a SThrill

    Confusion clears? 1 more device added to the mix makes it more confusing

  • Wavefunction Collapse

    No offence, but very few people really believed evleaks on this one.

  • Ajay Kamat

    Androidcentral just posted a possible photo of Nexus 5

  • Luka Mlinar

    I was sold when i first saw that photo. Only when you start taking evleaks every word as the gospel, problems start to happen.

  • James Briano

    This short article left me even more confused.