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LG-D820 / LG-D821 – Nexus 5 or LG G2 versions?

A well-known source says the LG-D821 is not a Nexus phone but an LG G2 version - the device has been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG a few days ago, right after an LG-D820 model has been sighted at the FCC.
September 9, 2013
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After seeing two LG devices that may be Nexus 5 versions hitting the FCC and the Bluetooth SIG a few days ago, a new leak seems to indicate that at least one of the two versions may actually be an LG G2 model.

A puzzling image

Well-known @evleaks, who has been highly accurate in the past, says that the LG-D821 is not an LG Nexus 5 handset, but a CDMA version of the LG G2:

According to the image he posted, the D821 should be similar to the D802 when it comes to specs (excluding wireless characteristics) and design. Therefore the D821 appears to be a CDMA version of the LG G2.

Considering the similarity between these two model numbers – D820 and D821 – we would assume that the two handset must be very similar (which is why we initially believed the D821 may be a Nexus 5 model).

Now, assuming they’re indeed similar, and assuming @evleaks is right again, then the D82o may also be an LG G2 version instead of a Nexus 5.

What does the FCC say?

However, the FCC documentation offers some details about the D820 that aren’t in line with what we’d expect from an LG G2.

Nexus 5 FCC

For example, the LG G2 has a 5.2-inch display, whereas the D820 is expected to pack a smaller 4.96 display. Furthermore, the dimensions of the LG G2 are 138.5 x 70.9 (height and width), while the D820 is slightly smaller at 131.9 x 68.2mm.

Finally, camera placement also differs. The LG G2 has the rear camera placed in the middle, while the D820 has the camera placed towards the left corner of the device in images filed with the FCC (image above)

We’ll also note that the camera placement and overall size seem to match the camera of that unknown Nexus phone captured on a Google video (see top image).

Wrap up

As you can see, there’s no simple conclusion here. While we have FCC and Bluetooth SIG documentation about the D820 and D821, respectively, we also have information coming from a source that has been very accurate in the past.

Since Google is yet to unveil the Nexus 5, we can only speculate on various scenarios that would explain everything.

The D820 could indeed be a new Nexus 5, while the D821 could be an LG G2 CDMA version. But why would they have so similar model numbers?

Both devices could be LG G2 models, but in that case does it mean that FCC documentation is wrong about certain LG G2 characteristics including phone size, screen size and camera placement?

Both devices could be Nexus 5 versions, in which case @evleaks is wrong about the D821.

The D820 and D821 could be different versions of a different LG handset – not a Nexus device. In such a case @evleaks would be wrong but also right about the D821.

We’ll be back with more details about these unofficial LG handset once we have more details about it. Meanwhile, let us know what you think about these unofficial handsets.