The Nexus 5 may have just passed through the FCC

by: Nate SwannerSeptember 6, 2013
Nexus 5 FCC

The inside rear plate of the LG-D820 is shown here, a device believed to be the Nexus 5

First a sighting in the wild, now a run through the FCC? A device, which could very well be the new Nexus phone, has passed through the FCC system. In examining the documents, the folks at Engadget have come up with a few interesting details, some of which cannot be currently verified. Here’s the quick rundown of what’s been spotted so far:

  • 4.96-inch screen
  • Dimensions are 131.9mm x 68.2mm, no depth noted
  • Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
  • LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, 17, 25, 26, 41; compatible with Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile)
  • Qi charging coil
  • NFC
  • HSPA+ (pentaband)
  • GSM/EDGE (quadband)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat (the tricky part…)

The pics of the Qi charging/NFC antennae also show the alignment of the camera cutout on the back panel, which is “an identical prototype” according to filings. Engadget is confident this is an LG device, and the LG-D820 model number the device had in FCC filings would lend itself to that. LG officials also filed the confidentiality request and agent authorization, pretty much sealing the deal.

Unfortunately, the FCC filings give a whole lot of detail about testing, but the filing we saw didn’t have Android 4.4 (called ‘KyeLimePie’) noted. A few pics have surfaced of that info (below), also reflecting “aosp_hammerhead”, which keeps pace with the Nexus fish software build history. The FCC filing we saw had been updated today, probably to specifically remove the Android 4.4 info.

Let’s take a step back and examine what we’ve got: a very robust set of specs, a back panel that looks a lot like the one on the phone a Googler was snapping pics with at the KitKat Android statue unveiling, and the first Android 4.4 device that’s been approved by the FCC. That device held by the Googler in the now infamous video also had Nexus across the back in landscape, just like the Nexus 7.

In so many ways, this looks to be the Nexus 5. World class specs, a match to a device in a video Google quickly pulled from the internet, and Android KitKat. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on this as it develops.

  • weed

    Sure looks like it. Some people will not be happy about this, after G2 and Z1 both clocking in at 3000 mah and then this at only 2300, its not gonna spread only sunshine and happiness among Nexus fans.

    • Jeroen Pardon

      The MotoX has great battery life with a 2200 mah.

      • Bone

        First it doesn’t have great battery life at all, not even good, average at best. Also this is an LG device and much depends on driver implementation in OEM systems.

        2300 simply sounds low if you look around with all these new devices sporting 3000+, Mi3, Butterfly S, Note 3, Droid MAXX, G2, Xperia Ultra, Z1, N1… this is the new norm and a Nexus device should be leading not lagging behind in any area.

        I’m probably still gonna get it depending on price point, but I am disappointed in the 2300mAh.

        • Jeroen Pardon

          comparing devices like that makes no sense. of course the Xperia Ultra will have a better battery, it’s huge. others are thicker, it’s always a trade off. compared to other _similarly sized_ devices, the moto x has great battery life.

          • regbs

            You got an F in Playing Well w Others, didn’t you?

        • Omegaclawe

          I thought I’d be disappointed with the 2300mAh battery on the HTC One, too, but it’s provided me very solid battery life. Really depends on optimizations, though, because I know the 2000mAh battery on the Razr M doesn’t get anywhere close, and isn’t much smaller.

          The Snapdragon 800 really is supposed to be extremely efficient, though. We’ll see how much smoke Qualcomm’s blowing once it’s common.

        • Rambir

          I’m fine with it, but I think the 1080p display will suck it out of the battery.

      • Jimbo

        It would be even better with a 300mAh. Think about it…

        • Jimbo

          Edit – 3000mAh. Sorry!

        • Jeroen Pardon

          It would also get bigger. Think about it…

          • D’Ander McSullivan

            Who the fuck cares about thinness? It’s just silly.

          • Jeroen Pardon

            Way to go thinking everyone thinks the same as you.

          • Jimmyjammer

            LG G2 -138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
            Nexus4/5 -131.9 x 68.2 (no mention on how thin it is) 2,300mah

            G2 would fall in line with the htc one 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm.
            A bit taller, and wider, but thinner.

            The difference isn’t anywhere near to what you’re making it out to be. Personally I’d take the bigger battery.

          • regbs

            No, you think about it. Lovers of small & underpowered like u should stick to feature phones, bb, maybe ios. This discussion’s for grownups interested in cutting edge innovation & performance.

          • Jeroen Pardon

            You don’t know anything about me, what I use or what I like or don’t like.

            You clearly have trouble reading or understanding the difference between an opinion and fact.

            Grownups? Like you? Don’t make me laugh. An insecure boy seeking self-worth in phones is more likely.


      • weed

        Well, they say the same about iPhone 5, yet it came out very bad in realistic battery tests like the one from WHICH? where it was seriously beaten by both S4 and Xperia Z, even by HTC One. Urban myths that stem from the respective companies marketing departments does not have much to do with reality.

        Actually GSMArenas faulty testing procedures are to blame for some of these battery myths as well, the webrbowsing scores of iphone 5, Xperia ZR and Htc One are totally off, using a refresh tag to refresh the same webpage over and over again has nothing to do with reality.

      • Luka Mlinar

        Moto X has 2.2 cores.

      • malcmilli

        Nexus 4 has forgettable battery life with a 2100 mah battery

  • GRapir

    2300mha for 720p screen is more than enough

    • weed

      Just that its a 1080p screen.

      • Edwin Walker

        Who said it’s 1080p?

        • Bevan Edwards

          The LG G2 said that… kinda. That and it’s supposed to be leading the market – I doubt they’d produce a 5″ smartphone with a 720p resolution, let’s be honest. :P

  • Luka Mlinar

    Wireless charging is one of the main reasons why i loved the Nexus 4. That aside, if they can put a Snapdragon 800 in there and sell it for the *same* price as before then this thing will sell lot hot cakes.

    • Luka Mlinar

      BTW Android 4.4 makes sense since they just moved on that promotional thing with Nestle. Why make chocolate covered androids now if that OS is coming out in a year. Wouldn’t be the first time they hallfassed and skipped a version (e.g. honeycomb).

  • Dusan

    Lackluster battery compared to the competition, but if that screen is 720p and running Snapdragon 800… It’s gonna be the fastest thing out there.

  • Balraj

    Definitely October launch
    I pray it comes with ois !!!
    Nexus 5 kitkat ;-)

  • Erusha Tiranagama

    This thing is smaller than the Nexus 4. We should be happy that it’s got 2300mah. They made the thing smaller, and added a bit more battery.

    • HH

      where are getting that its smaller than the Nexus 4??

      • Noel

        N4 is 133.9 mm tall and 68.7 mm wide, while this device will be 131.9 mm tall and 68.2 mm wide. The N4 is 9.1mm thin, so a device of abt <10mm thin but with a bigger battery of say 2600+ mAh will be a plus…this will make the N5 the top device considering the price. Also the Qualcomm 800 has huge battery power savings. Three storage capacity options 16/32/64GB will be cool..the 64GB option i will call mine. The Qualcomm 800 chip incorporates touchless control capabilities…that is the direction of Android.

    • HH

      Ok, I see that the physical dimensions are smaller.

  • poop

    Awesome, can already tell it just may not be coming to Verizon. G2, here I come.

  • Bevan Edwards

    The G2 has a 16GB and a 32GB variant… could we be seeing the same with the Nexus 5? I know Google want us to use cloud services, but it’s still a possibility.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I’m likely very interested as I’m looking to take my work phone to TMo. But I really want a phone with these bands and also 3 and 7.

    Why is it so hard to get a phone with more LTE bands…. Give me one device to take around the world on LTE and I’m buying it. battery/etc issues aside.

  • Zach Mauch

    One thing no one is thinking about is what 4.4 might do for battery life. As there are strong rumors it will be much less hardware intense, I’m betting Google will have a lotto say about improved battery life too. People shouldn’t overreact about 2300mah.

  • Amit

    The dimensions are smaller than the Nexus 4’s and yet in the Kit Kat video released by Google, the phone thought to be Nexus 5 looked bigger than the Nexus 4.

    • JTrip

      Good call. Something is wrong here. Maybe because the woman in the video was standing slightly further back and is holding her phone on more of angle than the man is.

  • Dusan Zec

    Oh please be 16gb-32gb! that 8gb is just simply put: nothing. i can’t stream and download every f*****g single thing i need…

  • André Barretto

    I don’t see holes for the speakers? Could it mean front facing speakers? hmmm…

    • JTrip

      Hopefully. I hate when the speaker is on the back.

      • spade

        same here mate ;)

    • districtjack

      Looks like the speaker is just below the battery. Rear facing.

  • Dark_Laser

    Am I the only one who was waiting for a Nexus with Verizon LTE for when they launch VoLTE?

    • smokebomb

      Verizon will never have a Nexus device again after the Galaxy Nexus travesty. I’m hoping Samsung never designs a Nexus again for the same reason. The battery life of the Gnex was abysmal with the stock battery, not much improved with the extended battery, and I even bought the super extended seidio battery which kept it running for 12-18 hours of mild to no use. My nexus 4, with a 2300 mah battery, does 12 hours on a full charge with no problem.

      • regbs

        No argument on vzw’s sleaze, but I’ll take >12mbps & having to carry a charging cord over crap networks. Even Sprint & AT&T reps concede their 4G are years away from real-life coverage. You can exclude vzw influence without condemning your device to obscurity. Google’s surrendered to fragmentation. Its own Moto is more crapware-laden than anyone.

  • spade

    can’t wait…… :D

  • regbs

    If true, another fu from Google to its loyal base, esp at vzw. First was excluding Verizon w Nexus 4. Yes, vzw are assholes who lied & screwed the Galaxy Nexus by trying to block Wallet, etc. But reality is no one comes close to vzw’s 4G LTE real life coverage & performance. No, 100 sq ft in Manhattan that you lose 1 block away doesn’t count, Sprint & AT&T. Looks like Nexus is worthless unless you wanna abandon grandfathered-in unlimited data for a crap network. Way to make your billions pay in buying Moto, who delayed OTAs more disgracefully than anyone. Rooting GS4 or abandoning Nexus seems best option.

  • Ben Hallworth

    Is it confirmed that it will come with 802.11ac band Wi-Fi compatibility? If so, that’s huge. Forget LTE, this phone will blow every other device out of the water when connected to a LAN

  • brendan soliwoda

    Honestly, the new nexus is starting to tempt me away from the Z1. If they increase the battery, than I might just be sold.

  • Tim

    The one in the Kit-Kat picture is huge though, much larger than this Nexus device. This Nexus device seems on par with previous Nexus devices released regarding size. Look at that Kit-Kat picture again, the device the Indian guy is holding is a 5″ screen for sure.