Images of possible Nexus phone spotted in FCC filings

September 12, 2013
FCC documents reveal an LG smartphone that looks a lot like the device spotted at the KitKat unveiling. Could it be the next Nexus?

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    The case for the LG-made Nexus is getting stronger by the hour. Just today we reported that the confusion concerning the LG D820/821 codename is now a thing of the past, and now we get what appear to be actual images of the upcoming LG-made Nexus.

    The images below were spotted by the folks at Phone Scoop in a set of documents that LG supplied to the FCC for a so-called “class 2 permissive change”. In the filing, the Korean manufacturer asks for permission to change the position of the antennae and other hardware inside a Verizon LG G2 variant.

    However, the images clearly do not represent a G2. The front of the mystery device bears a slight resemblance to the Nexus 4, while it’s back matches the design of the device spotted at the KitKat statue inauguration last week.

    To be clear, this is clearly not a retail unit and the final design will probably have a different finish. We can see though that the volume rocker and the power button are on the sides of the phone, unlike the G2, and also what appears to be a window of sort in the upper part of the device. That could be an IR blaster, but that’s just speculation.

    As a reminder, a device codenamed LG D820 was spotted last week in FCC’s database, that the tech world has been speculating is the next Nexus. Featuring a 5-inch display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and stock Android, the LG-made device looks to be based on the G2 platform, as stated by earlier rumors out of Korea.


    • Humberto Hernandez


    • Alu Zeros

      battery better be excellent

    • Miguel Blakeley

      The picture on the far right seems like the back cover is removable

      • M3D1T8R

        Noticed that too. Not fully pressed on. May just be an early unit or may have a removable back plate for SIM. Doubt we’ll see removable battery or SD card, or a Verizon version for that matter. But I’ll keep hoping until proven otherwise.

    • soufyane saidi

      Camera looks big ! it better be :
      - 34 Mega pixel

      20.2MP APS-C ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor

      DIGIC 5+ image processor

      ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded

      7fps continuous shooting, burst depth 65 JPEG / 16 RAW

      1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic

      19-point AF system, all points cross-type, sensitive to -0.5 EV

      63-zone iFCL metering system

      98% viewfinder coverage, 0.95x magnification, switchable gridlines and electronic level display

      Fully-articulated touchscreen, 1040k dot 3″ ClearView II LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio

      Single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

      Single-axis electronic level

      Built-in flash works as off-camera remote flash controller

      AF microadjustment (can be set individually for up to 40 lenses, remembered by lens serial number)

      In-camera High Dynamic Range and Multiple Exposure modes (JPEG-only)

      ‘Creative Filter’ image processing styles, previewed in live view

      • Luka Mlinar

        You got a strange name. You better be a pirate -_-

        • soufyane saidi

          You also got a strange name. You better be a ninja -_-

    • Balraj

      Google can surprise us only with kitkat
      Hardware will be same as lg g2

    • David Rutla

      Shut up and take my money

    • Guest

      no shit! it will be available on Verizon : O

      • David Osborn

        Please be right about Verizon…. I need a good off contract phone under $400

    • Santeri

      Those photos were submitted to the FCC back in August and made available yesterday so many changes are likely to this design. From my point of view this phone seems a bit on a thicker side, which might be caused by OIS technology implemented into the camera. It’s actually sad if the phone will ship with just a 2300mah regarding it to be that thick. But they have to save on costs somewhere, right..?

      • MasterMuffin

        But the bezels are already amazing!

    • PopeJamal

      That “IR” sensor looks like a fingerprint scanner to me.

      • OMGgary

        It does look kinda big for an IR

    • Xavier_NYC

      They forgot to add ‘For Verizon’ under ‘Not For Sale’ 0_o

    • Fred 忍び

      Phone looks pretty thick. Hope they’re packing a 3,000+ mah battery

    • Oli72

      pls take my money now.

      • IloveCASH

        yes I am sure if you pack an evelope with CA$H and send to google they will be more than happy to take your money :D

    • Jonas Purtschert

      Looks like the back cover could be removable, look at the last of the 4 big images. so perhaps the battery will be exchangable

    • Yajson

      This would be an awesome phone if it will have a removable battery and expandable storage, but knowing Google that won’t happen.

    • Blowntoaster

      this Nexus must have the always listening/ feature…
      hope it is something that Google introduces in KitKat or V 5.0

    • Valtheus

      Experiencing the ultimate experience with Nexus 7, Nexus 5 will definitely be my next smartphone. Hopefully google won’t screw this up in features.

    • hungry4donuts

      if this suppose to be nexus 5 where speaker grill????

    • José Martins Neto

      OF COURSE it is the Nexus 5 spotted on the Kit Kat video

    • Ben

      Its ugly!!

      • SContrerasMer

        like you

    • HectorBarbossa

      new Nexus will be cutting corners of LG G2

    • Elliot Kotis

      Where are the speakers? from these images either new tech (cant be the bone thingy, because that isnt for external speakers), or on top and bottom.

    • karti

      check 4th image …may be removable battery :)