The rumored Nexus 5 smartphone from Google continues to make its presence known as the device has now reportedly surfaced in a Bluetooth SIG filing.
This sighting follows the recent appearance of a device with the model number LG-D820, which many believe could be the Nexus 5, in an FCC filing. Now, a device with the model number LG-D821 has shown up at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s database with certification as compatible across all Bluetooth standards. The filing also indicates that this model is an LTE version of the previous model.
It is now customary to see anticipated handsets surface at Bluetooth SIG as well as at the Federal Communications Commission within weeks before release. Android Authority notes that certification from both organizations is essential for distribution and sale of devices, so an appearance at either or both could be a good sign that a device is on schedule for release.
As said, the Bluetooth SIG certifies devices for compatibility across Bluetooth standards, while the FCC certifies devices for compatibility across mobile bands. The Bluetooth filing indicates Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE support for the LG-D821 while the FCC filing indicates not only LTE and complete connectivity standards for the LG-D820 but also a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5-inch display and Android 4.4 Kit Kat, among other specs.
However, not everyone is certain that the LG-D820 or the LG-D821 is actually the Nexus 5. Tech informant @evleaks tweeted Monday that the model number may actually coincide with the CDMA version of the soon-to-be-released LG G2 and not the Nexus 5.
Rumors have suggested a close connection between the LG G2 and the Nexus 5. LG is expected to manufacture the Nexus 5 and design it after the LG G2. Many note that the notorious volume key, power button and camera sensor placement of the back panel shown in the FCC filing indicates that it is not the LG G2. Those features are located in the center of the back panel on the LG G2, while only the camera sensor is visible on the back of the LG-D820, located at the top right. This leads many to believe that the LG-D820/ LG-D821 may in fact be the Nexus 5.
According to the FCC filing, the dimensions for the LG-D820 indicate a device smaller than previous Nexus 4 in both overall size and display size. However, developer Jack Underwood suggests that the Nexus 5 may follow the current trend of devices being smaller in overall size than their predecessors while having a larger display. The dimensions for the LG G2 are also larger than the dimensions promoted for the LG-D821/ LG-D820 “Nexus 5.”
While most information about the Nexus 5 remains a mystery, many expect the device to be released in October alongside the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.