LG D821 is the Nexus 5 for Brazil – Could Google be planning a worldwide release?


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You may remember last week when a pair of LG devices sharing very similar model numbers caused a bit of a mixup involving which was the purported Nexus 5, and which was simply an LG G2.

First, the LG D820 (alleged Nexus 5) passed through the FCC sporting AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint bands. The filing revealed so much information (including images), we were near-certain the device was the one and only Google Nexus. It wasn’t too long after, the LG D821 made an appearance at the Bluetooth SIG, sparking a debate on whether or not the D820/D821 was merely a G2 network variant. Long story short, it was believed that the D821 was the G2 variant based on the dimensions listed in the FCC filing (despite the model number being so far off from the G2’s D802). And that was the last we heard of that.

Now we’re seeing the LG D821 show up once again, this time ready to roll in Brazil, where documents from telecommunications regulator Anatel is showing it’s already been approved for use on their new 4G LTE network. In the images, you can see this is clearly the Nexus 5 that’s been making the rounds as of late, along with the model number “LG D821”.

Nexus 5 Brazil Anatel filing

This is huge for Brazil, as they’ve typically only received Nexus devices many months after they launched in the US (it was in March they finally got access to the Nexus 4). While Nexus devices aren’t sold through the Google Play Store in Brazil (there’s only a select few countries that have access to Google Play devices, Brazil not being one of them… yet), the fact that the Nexus 5 is already cocked and primed for its Brazilian release hints at the possibility of a worldwide launch.

Despite HTC pulling out of Brazil last year, the country is quickly growing into the 5th largest smartphone market, just behind China. It was back in April Anatel’s president Joao Rezende said he expects sales of about 4 million 4G devices before the end of the year. Seems Google (and LG) could be eying a slice of that pie. In any case, it’s looking like the mystery of the D821 has finally been solved.

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  1. Does this mean a Verizon compatible Nexus might still exist and just not have popped up yet in FCC filings? Verizon does always take things slow, maybe they slowed it down for being filed as well? Probably just wishful thinking.

    1. Anything could happen, but I don’t see why they would have 3 out of the 4 major carriers bands on one phone and not the one who has the most coverage. Knowing Verizon they probably wanted their own. I won’t be surprised if they’re left out. They come up with dumb reasons as to why not or slow things down. At the end of the day it’s just money for them. I wouldn’t work with them if I was Google to be honest.

      1. galaxy nexus: never forget.

    2. Why would Google bother to go out of their way to make it work on Verizon, when Verizon clearly doesn’t want it? They don’t even want to let you activate your Nexus 7 LTE. They’re only interested in making money, and they’re just not going to make money on an unlocked off-contract device already subsidized by Google.

      1. It’s not like they don’t want to activate the Nexus 7 LTE, its just that they physically can’t activate SIM cards for it, since the device is not in their systems yet. Only SIM cards that are already activated from before can work on it for right now.

        Verizon not wanting to suck the money out of peoples pockets for their data plans is a joke. You should have already known that lol. It’s not like they physically hate the device, they have no reason to. Lol.

        1. Wow really? That’s pure BS, everyone knew the N7 LTE was coming, and it works for all the other carriers except for Verizon, had they actually cared about it they could have gotten a pre release device like everyone else to “test” on their network. No this is the usual lies Verizon uses because they can’t gouge you on it

          1. Uhh, Verizon has to have all devices go through a certification process. It takes about 4-6 weeks, which is completely normal. For some reason the device was given to them LATE. Either by Asus or Google. So it’s not really their fault entirely. You can think whatever you want and complain lol, I don’t really care.

          2. They don’t ‘have to’ have devices go through certification. That’s entirely Verizon’s choice. They could have fast-tracked the Nexus 7. But presumably they wanted to see how well it sold before deciding whether they’d let it on their network.

          3. It’s IS entirely Verizon’s choice, you’re correct. But it’s always been like that for them, and they aren’t going to change the way they have done things because of Jeff Jarvis who speaks for the tiny amount of people that will use Verizon’s LTE for their new Nexus 7. I don’t understand why you think that Verizon wanted to see how well it sold before deciding whether or not they would let people use it on their network. That’s doesn’t make sense to me at all, because Verizon isn’t losing money on that, they would be gaining money.

            As I’ve said before, I hate Verizon as well like most people so I don’t blame people for hating on them. I just think this is being blown way out of proportion all because of a small delay.

          4. Verizon obviously doesn’t like interoperable devices on their network, of which the Nexus 7 is one. It prevents them getting a stranglehold on consumer choice. But if enough people want the device, they’ll cave in. Which is what happened.

            The reason the Jarvis thing became so big is not because of the ‘small delay’, but the way Verizon first responded, insinuating the device would never be supported.

          5. Do you still believe Verizon? This BS certification process. how many devices software have been pulled because missing something.

          6. Yes I believe Verizon has their way of doing things because that’s just how they’ve always been. People are just now complaining about this certification process, all because the Nexus 7 was given to them late in the game. I hate Verizon just as much as the next person, trust me lol. That’s why I’m leaving them in December.

  2. Nexus for everybody ! (Except for Verizon due to Verizon’s own fault)

    1. “Nuts, circuit boards and wires…
      Robots for everyone…”

      That ringtone on Nexus devices.

      1. I never used it but I always sorta liked that ringtone haha. My girlfriend always thought it was cute lol.

  3. Very nice for Brazil but I already got a Xperia L. :/

    1. Trade it and get a Nexus, maybe?

    2. I am sure you will be happier with a Nexus 5 than the Xperia L.

  4. Same day launch in the U.S. or worldwide would be a really sweet move. No exclusives, alterations, or other bull. One phone on every carrier from Google and controlled completely by Google like the iPhone is would be epic from here on out.

  5. well, a couple of days ago google launched the play store device in italy. here the nexus 4 arrived many months after the official release ad at almost double price compared to play store, if they’re launching new device play stores and multiple versions of the nexus 5 i wouldn’t be surprised if the’re planning a worldwide launch…

  6. Waiting for the article that says, “D822, India variant”

  7. Lmao. Brazil even gets a Nexus before Verizon.

  8. very nice nexus 5 this ready to land in Brasil lol .

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      I won’t be surprised if they’re left out. They come up with dumb reasons as to why not or slow things down. At the end of the day it’s just money for them. I wouldn’t work with them if I was Google to be honest.

  9. I hope they improve the Brazilian and European Portuguese text to speech in KitKat, and make it available in Portugal… why do I have to get all my Nexus phones from foreign countries? :(

    1. I have to get my Nexus Phones and tablets from foreign countries as-well, But then again it kind of helps that we also speck English in Ireland

  10. Announce the spec, availability and price already~~!!

  11. get ready for googles horrible stock procedures. I bet we are going to have to wait like months after you order it to actually receive it.

  12. For what it’s worth, LG has a factory in Brazil where they make some of the Nexus.

    1. Your quite right there. I don’t see a world wide release on the cards, but I could be wrong

  13. FFS bring it to Verizon before bringing it to Brazil.

  14. Contract end date can’t come any sooner!

  15. i wish they’d just write an article about price for once. I dont care where it’s getting release or when you think its getting released, i care how much it costs!

    1. Gonna cost $349 and $399 and there will be a 16 GB model and a 32 GB model. No more 8 GB.

      1. $349? F that noise.

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