Nexus 5 Rumors Take a Turn

The Nexus 5 rumors have taken a bit of a twist today as a solid source has indicated that a recent FCC filing for an LG device believed to be the Nexus 5 isn’t for the Nexus 5 at all and is instead for a version of the LG G2, the company’s flagship.

Last week, we saw an LG D820 roll through the FCC with a number of high-end features on board, features that mirrored the LG G2, a device that the Nexus 5 is rumored to be based on. Many speculated that the device could be Google’s new Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5, which has been rumored to be made by LG and take after the LG G2, at least from a hardware standpoint.

Read: Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4: Mock Up Compares New Nexus.

This man was caught on video on the day that Google unveiled Android 4.4 KitKat sporting a phone that may be the Nexus 5.

This man was caught on video on the day that Google unveiled Android 4.4 KitKat sporting a phone that may be the Nexus 5.

According to evleaks however, the LG D820 is a CDMA version of the LG G2, LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone. He followed up that claim with a spec sheet depicting an LG G821 though it did not have an LG D820 listed in the photo. Evleaks has a solid track record when it comes to smartphone leaks so it’s possible that he is dead on here.

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However, there is one big possible glaring hole in his argument and that’s the fact that the camera sensor on the device in the FCC filing is situated on a different part of the back. While the LG G2 camera module is located in the center of the device, just above the volume rocker, the camera sensor on the device in the FCC filing is in the top corner, a pretty big difference. It also doesn’t match the camera location of the potential Nexus 5 leak that we saw in the Android 4.4 KitKat video. That camera sensor was also located in the top corner.

Evleaks in the past has claimed that the Nexus will be coming from Motorola with no mention of LG, so it’s possible that he is accurate here. It’s also possible that something is amiss, it’s simply not clear, and probably won’t be until we get much closer to the Nexus 5 event.

Rumors suggest that the Nexus 5 could launch in October, same as last year’s Nexus 4, and do so alongside a new Android update in Android 4.4 KitKat and a new Nexus 10, possibly made by Asus.

Recently, we saw the Nexus 4 8GB discontinued by Google, a sign that it’s life is winding down in favor of a new device. It’s possible that that device could be a Nexus 5 from LG based on the LG G2, it’s possible that we could see a Motorola Nexus for the first time, and it’s possible that we could see multiple Nexus smartphones debut for the first time to compete with the iPhone 5C, Apple’s rumored cheap iPhone.