Pictures from the official Android 4.4 KitKat video have just been seen of what looks to be a LG-built Nexus 5 and despite Google's instant removal of the ad it remains in circulation. If that corporate recall wasn't in response to the Nexus 5's ''accidental'' appearance I don't know what it was (maybe just a clever ploy to make us think it's the N5 in the video and steal the limelight from all the IFA releases?). Nevertheless, there are now some very interesting technical specs appearing at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which point to what many are calling the LG Nexus 5. Update: we've added ''confirmation'' from notorious leaker @evleaks at the end of the article.
The FCC documents are for a model called LG D820 which we expect is a designation you'll be hearing a lot more about soon. We've got the spec sheets and details below, but the most obvious things pointing to a LG Nexus 5 is the fact that the battery cover has also been leaked and it looks pretty identical to the Nexus 5 we saw in the KitKat video. The ends are perhaps a little more rounded in the FCC pictures, but the video angle could be responsible for obscuring that little detail. There's plenty more pointing to the Nexus 5 being an LG device though, and in particular, the D820.
So what else points to the Nexus 5? Well, the rear cover of this mystery device has a non-removable back cover, like the Nexus 4, meaning there's no battery replacement option, and there's no microSD expansion slot either, something Google seems to just keep forgetting that everyone in the world wants. The new D820 can also be charged wirelessly via Qi. The location of the camera, the extra large opening for the lens and the position of the flash are also perfectly aligned with the KitKat video slip-up. We borrowed this comparison, blown-up and rotated, from AnandTech to demonstrate the point:
What else do we know from the FCC documents? The Nexus 5 will indeed have a 5-inch screen, 4.96-inches to be exact (based on the 126 mm diagonal display mentioned in the text). It will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (detailed as MSM8974) and run Android 4.4 KitKat (erroneously given the misspelled KyeLimePie codename in the documents). It will have basically every connection possibility known to mankind: GSM, LTE, CDMA and HSPA+ for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (no Verizon though, probably due to the Galaxy Nexus debacle). You can see the crazy list of LTE bands, WCDMA, CDMA along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC details in the documents at the bottom of this article, but here's our cleaner version of what may well turn out to be the Nexus 5's spec sheet:
|Dimensions||131.9 x 68.2 mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.4|
|Display||4.96-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800|
|Connectivity||LTE, GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n/ac), NFC, GPS, Qi (induction charging)|
|Internal Memory||16/32 GB|
|Camera||10 MP (rear-facing)|
|Price (TBD)||299/349 USD (if in line with previous Nexus pricing)|
So while we of course have no confirmation that this is legit and not an extraordinarily elaborate and convincing hoax or mix-up, if I had to put money on it I'd say we're looking at an LG-built Nexus 5 with all the works and perks you'd expect from the next installment of Google's genre-defining flagship. I've just ordered the Nexus 4 on sale but I may well be double-Nexusing before the year is out. Lucky I have two hands and two pockets.
What do you think? Is this close enough for you, or are you expecting more surprises in the coming months?
[Update: 12:30 PM Berlin time 12.09.2013]
We've just heard the LG-built Nexus 5 rumors are being confirmed by @evleaks, who previously denied these FCC documents were for the Nexus 5. It would seem the super-leaker has gotten his hands on some pretty solid new information that has convinced him otherwise, so I'll say it again: I think this is the new Nexus 5, built by LG and appearing sometime in late October or early November. And now, so does @evleaks.