The Nexus 5 may have just passed through the FCC

September 6, 2013
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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
  • CDMA/EV-DO
  • 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.

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