The Nexus 5 rumor mill is in full tilt this week following what appears to be an accidental leak of a device fitting its profile in a promotional video for Android KitKat a few days ago. Now an FCC filing has surfaced revealing new details on an unreleased LG handset that sounds a lot like what Google could be prepared to release as the next Android reference smartphone.
As per the filing, the device – listed as the D820 – carries a 5-inch display, a Snapdragon 800 SoC, 7-band LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and comes pre-loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat (perhaps the first device to ship with the Nestle-branded OS variant). The paperwork actually references Key Lime Pie which indicates an agreement to use KitKat must have just come down from management not long ago.
The phone measures 131.91mm tall by 68.2mm wide which makes it a little bit narrower and shorter than the Nexus 4 it would replace despite having a larger display. This simply means we should expect to see a Nexus 5 with less bezel and more display.
The Nexus 4 was first showcased in October 2012 before launching a month later. It has sold well over the past year and even more so here lately thanks to a $100 price cut which typically signals a new device is in the pipeline. The fact that Google won’t be restocking the already sold out 8GB Nexus 4 in the Google Play Store further validates rumors that a new device is pending.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship handset that shipped along Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and wireless charging.
The Nexus 10 is Google's rival of the full-size Apple's iPad. It is manufactured by Samsung and is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2. The Nexus packs a 10" screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution (300ppi). Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Google Nexus 7 is the first Google tablet and is manufactured in partnership with Asus. It features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and a Tegra 3 SoC which itself comprises a quad-core CPU and twelve-core GPU. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, also you get a front-facing camera and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
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