You may remember when the LG D820 passed through the FCC last week, revealing itself as a possible Nexus 5 contender (or Nexus 4 2013). The filing revealed more than your typical FCC doc, detailing a handset running AOSP, support for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint wireless networks, wireless charging, and a 4.96-inch display all housed in a body smaller than current Nexus 4. It was a jackpot discovery for sure, one that nobody was expecting.
Confusion on claims that the LG D820 was indeed the next Nexus arose after another LG device — the D821 — was revealed in its Bluetooth certification last week. Because the D821 was a network variant of the LG G2 and its model number was so close to that of the D820 (Nexus 5/4 2013), it was believed that both were nothing more than CDMA variants of the G2. Well, it looks like that’s not the case at all.
As it turns out, the LG D821 popped up in an FCC filing of its own and while there wasn’t a treasure trove of information revealed, the docs confirm the device isn’t an CDMA device at all but a GSM one, with support for LTE band 5, and size dimensions much different from the D820. In fact, the measurements are almost identical to the current LG G2 (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9), only coming in a little thicker at 9.1 mm. Now that we got that out of the way, we can get back to arguing whether Google will call the D820 the Nexus 5, or Nexus 4 (2013). Thoughts?