FCC Filing for the LG D821 Shows that the LG D820 Could Indeed be the Nexus 5

September 11, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Last week, the FCC approved a new LG device, which was the LG D820. After looking at some of the FCC documents for that device, we all thought that it might be the Nexus 5 which was mistakenly shown off in a video from Google last week. Some of the specs from that FCC filing included a 5-inch (technically 4.96-inch) display, Snapdragon 800, 7 bands of LTE being supported, CDMA support, and a 2300mAh battery. Yeah the FCC filings don’t tell us a whole lot about a device.

This all happened just a day after Google announced Android 4.4 would be KitKat. Within a day of all of the tech blogs like us, saying that the D820 is the Nexus 5, @evleaks came out and said that it isn’t the Nexus 5, and that’s they are other variants of the G2. What’s interesting now, is that earlier today @evleaks came out and said that he might be wrong about that.

Today, the actual LG D821 hit the FCC, and it’s documents are showing us that the D820 and D821 are very obviously two different devices. Which we had a hunch was true since the two have very different measurements. The LG D821 is not a CDMA device at all. So if it is a G2 variant, it would be for a GSM carrier like T-Mobile or AT&T. It supports GSM bands 850/1900 and WCDMA 850/1700/1900. It’s also supporting LTE bands 5 and 7. Compared to the LG D820 which supports 7 different LTE bands, those include 2, 4, 5, 17, 25, 26, and 41. Additionally it supports both GSM and CDMA networks.

So it’s looking like the Nexus 5 will at least be available on Sprint. If you remember, the D820 doesn’t support Verizon’s network. However there could be another variant for the Verizon Nexus 5. Similar to what happened with the Galaxy Nexus. There was the GSM Galaxy Nexus, then the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and Verizon Galaxy Nexus. We’ll have to wait until October to see.