A few days ago Google announced that the next version of Android OS will be 4.4 and will be available under the name of “KitKat”. Until now, nothing special, but when we took a closer look at the promo video, we could notice an unfamiliar Nexus device. After questioning and presuming about the possible device which was spotted in the video, many supposed that the Nexus smartphone presented was the future LG Nexus 5, mostly because its similar looks to Nexus 7 and by the fact that LG is in fact ready to produce the next Nexus. But things were a little blurry and real facts had to be brought in order to confirm such hypotheses.
Therefore, FCC might be the confirmation we were all looking for as yesterday, FCC presented the results for an LG smartphone which looks very similar to what we saw in that video. The back plate pictures shows the QI wireless charging contacts and the NFC antenna among other more distinct signs which made possible the connection to be made with the Android 4.4 video.
First of all we have the large empty spot for the camera lens that are the same size and shape as the one we saw in the video, along with the shape and materials used for the back shell. In fact we are certain that the LG-D820 smartphone which was at FCC is in fact the same smartphone from the video because all the distinct signs are present in both cases and we already know that LG is going to produce the next Nexus smartphone.
From the FCC analysis, it shows that the smartphone is capable of supporting a serious number of radio bands as it follows: LTE on Band 2, 5, 17, 25, 26 and 41, HSPA+ 42 mbps on 850, 900, 1700, 1900 and 2100MHz and last but not least, the most interesting one is EVDO revA (CMDA) on 800 MHz and 1900 MHz.
If you are not a geek let me explain in a few words what those frequencies mean exactly and why are they so important. Mostly those frequencies decide whether or not the smartphone can function properly in certain countries, because while most of them are using the same frequencies, some opted for different ones which need other radio bands.
From the HSPA+ 42mbps we can see clearly that it goes in the same spec as the previous Nexus, the LG Nexus 4 model and it support any GSM network around the world, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the device is meant to be for any country in the world as we are going to see from the next result.
LTE band narrows the targeted countries and point out at 3 main US carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Yes folks, this Nexus 5 is not yet ready for Verizon. And to narrow even further the possible targets of this smartphone, we take a look at the EVDO revA which on those frequencies qualify only for Sprint Network, but could also work (without CMDA) on AT&T AND T-Mobile.
As for the rest of FCC document, we are told that the device carries Bluetooth 4.0 technology and dual-band 802.11b/n/g/ac Wi-Fi capable of 2.4 GHz in case of hotspot usage. The battery is a 2300 mAh Litium-ion Polymer battery which is non removable. Here is the full report made by FCC.
Further investigation unveiled an even better connection based on the presumption we all started. MSM8974 is the code name under which Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is being tested at FCC and the firmware build is pointing to Android 4.4. More interesting is that all previous Nexus devices ran under a fish name code, and Nexus 5 is not an exception as “asop_hammerhead” is the codename for this device.
After some even deeper dug, some other important specs were unveiled and they demolish even the most pessimistic thought about LG-D820 not being the new Nexus 5. The screen size is going to be 4.96 inch or 126 mm and the exact dimensions are pointing at a 131.9mm high and 68..wide. The last Nexus was both higher and wider than this one, having 133.9 mm high and 68.7 mm wide.
So after many rumors and confusion created by the “unidentified” smartphone spotted in the Android 4.4. KitKat video, along with FCC results for LG-D820 we can now confirm the following: LG will be the next manufacturer for Nexus 5, they already passed FCC, the targeted carriers are AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, and we are now waiting for an official announcement from both Google and LG regarding the missing specs. Unfortunately Verizon is put on hold, but hopefully they will be included in LG’s plans before the Nexus 5 is going to hit us all with its specs.