And the plot thickens. Following Google’s announcement of Nexus 4’s permanent halting in an 8 GB flavor and a spotting of a mysterious unreleased Nexus smartphone in an Android 4.4 KitKat promo video, the FCC appears to have given the green light to a fairly cryptic LG D820 handheld.
Cryptic, though you’ll get no prize for guessing what D820’s official name will be once it sees daylight. Or at least what we think it will be marketed as, because in the Nexus game it’s never wise to have guarantees.
With that in mind, what exactly makes us believe the D820 and Nexus 5 are one and the same? It’s pretty simple. FCC’s internal paperwork reveals the handheld will pack quad-core Snapdragon 800 heat, sport a 5-inch screen and LTE support on a number of frequencies, including those familiar to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
And with the G2, LG’s newest flagship device, only ready to hit the market over the coming weeks, is there even a million-in-one shot the Koreans are already prepping another high-end device outside the Nexus program? Hells to the no.
On the software side of things, there’s an odd mention of Key Lime Pie sweetness for the D820, which is either a typo or a residual fingerprint from back when Android 4.4 was codenamed 5.0 KLP. Mystery solved? Not entirely, of course, as we’re yet to hear about a dozen of other N5 specs, plus, more importantly, pricing and ETAs. But it’s definitely coming and that’s enough for now.