Sep 09 AT 12:46 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

Evleaks: the LG D820 is not the Nexus 5

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When the LG D820 passed through the FCC last week, we were certain the device would turn out to be the long-rumored Nexus 5. Not only did the specs match the rumors, but there was a rear shell for the device pictured in the FCC filing that matched leaked photos of a mystery Nexus that came from a now pulled promotional video out of Google. Despite all of this, evleaks says the D820 is not the next Nexus.

Last night, evleaks took to his Twitter to bring us the disappointing news:


 

With the amount of evidence we have in front of us, we’d say there must be some kind of mistake on evleaks’ end. But rarely has he been wrong. With a long standing track record of the most detailed, accurate leaks in the industry, we’re left trying to figure out exactly what’s going on. Evleaks could be totally right, and the mistake could be on the FCC’s end, but that’s highly unlikely.

To add to the confusion, right after tweeting that the D820 is not the next Nexus and is instead a CDMA LG G2 variant, a spec sheet for the D821 was posted by evleaks that appears to detail a CDMA variant of the LG G2. Evleaks could be assuming that the 820 and 821 are so similar in model names that they must be the same device, but we don’t know for sure. We’ve reached out for some clarification, but have yet to hear back.

Despite what evleaks says, we think there’s still a good chance the LG D820 is the Nexus 5. The 821 has different dimensions than the 820, and the pictures of the 820′s rear cover match the leaked mystery Nexus, not the LG G2. At this point all we can do is wait until something official hits the wire. Until then, we’ll keep investigating. Come on Google, announce this thing and get it over with already!

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Nate B.

    We will know soon enough.

  • redraider133

    I feel like he may be off on this one unless the fcc docs/lg sent a device running 4.4 or in the docs labeled as aosp hammerhead was just wrong with is highly unlikely. Because I doubt LG has a non nexus device that is running 4.4 already to be launched, even before the next nexus.

    • ChazzMatt

      Here’s the FCC tests showing EVLEAKS is wrongL

      http://goo.gl/nWrbWA
      http://goo.gl/pGZ2fE

      And EVLEAKS posted this AFTER the FCC testing documents became public. Then, when talking about the LG-D820, he shows an LG-D821 graphic. Since he’s wrong about the LG-D820 (who do you believe, the FCC radio tests or him?), then I don’t trust what he says about the specs of the LG-D821 either.

      EVLEAKS was wrong on GS4 and Note 3 rendition, was wrong on Nexus 4. and now he’s wrong about the Nexus 5. Why does anyone even listen to him?

  • Doooshty

    More than likely it’s a lg skinned Verizon compatible version of the nexus 5. Everyone assumes the N5 will be based off the G2. Maybe the N5 was developed independently and then a spin off of it was created for Verizon, since we know they won’t get a nexus.

  • ChazzMatt

    EVLEAKS Was drunk when he tweeted that. He said the LG-D820 was CDMA only when the FCC specs show it’s pentaband HSPA+, multiple LTE bands, and Sprint CDMA. He’s either stupid or thinks we are. :)

    And if he’s wrong about the LG-D820 which went through the FCC so we have PROOF he’s an idiot, then I also do not trust his specs on the LG-0D821 which is probably the Verizon variant of the Nexus 5.

  • ezc

    Woohoo… It’s going to be a Sony Nexus!

    • clocinnorcal

      lol, don’t give up hope!

  • Cory

    “Sorry Nexus fans: LG D820 is just a CDMA G2 variant.”

    While it may be technically accurate, you could drive a bus through the logical hole that statement leaves. How is it being none other than the Nexus 5 and at the same time being “just a CDMA G2 variant” necessarily mutually exclusive?

  • TechyTee

    A comparison of the dimensions of mysterious Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 shown in Android KitKat statue unveiling video using video snaps. That new Nexus is bigger than the Nexus 4.

    http://teerox.deviantart.com/art/New-Nexus-and-Nexus-4-comparison-399230273

    • Jeff

      Assuming you know exactly how far away that woman is standing to account for perspective altering the relative size of the two devices and you also know exactly how large the man is holding the unknown device as well as the size of his hands, then you might be correct.

  • ChazzMatt

    EVLEAKS is an idiot who apparently can’t read FCC documents even when sober. The LG-D820 waltzed into the FCC in August with firmware “hammerhead” “keylimepie”, pentaband HSPA+ and multiple LTE bands — and he says it’s a CDMA-only G2 variant?

    And when talking about the LG-D820, he shows an LG-D821 graphic. Since he’s wrong about the LG-D820 (who do you believe, the FCC radio tests or him?), then I don’t trust what he says about the specs of the LG-D821 either.

    EVLEAKS was wrong on GS4 and Note 3 rendition, was wrong on Nexus 4. and now he’s wrong about the Nexus 5. Why does anyone even listen to him?

  • JT

    It’s the next Nexus. Google didn’t pull that video for no reason.

  • Phil

    I work for Google and i can confirm that the fcc device is the new Nexus.

  • Adam Hilton

    Am I the only one who noticed that the FCC images show a phone with a rounded body while the leaked device from the Google video show a device that looks more squarish? These two phones can’t be the same thing.

  • donger

    Gonna wait and see.

  • spamhater

    I think your buddy’s sister makes her money on the streets, not on the internet