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A closer look at the LG Nexus 5

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We saw what is most likely the next Nexus from LG pop up courtesy of some FCC docs last night. After further scrutiny, additional details have been uncovered.

The phone will feature a 4.96-inch screen (hence Nexus 5 is the logical name). We have to think at that size this will be a 1080p screen, but there is nothing to confirm that at the moment.

The phone is 131.9mm tall (~5.2 inches) and 68.2mm wide (~2.7 inches). Nothing to indicate how thick of a device it will be, but that’s a compact frame for a device with a 5-inch screen. It’s slightly shorter than an HTC One and about the same width.

Like so many other devices this fall, the Nexus 5 will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU.

The 2300 mAh battery may not stand up to that of the LG G2 or the Note 3, but paired with the Snapdragon 800 I would imagine you shouldn’t have a problem getting through the day.

The device shows 7-band LTE with compatibility for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (try not to act surprised Verizon Nexus hopefuls). For T-Mobile and AT&T HSPA+ support is also present and CDMA on Sprint.

Local connectivity is equally plentiful with Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and dual-band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac.

Not surprisingly after the Nexus 4, there is support for wireless charging and it will have a non-removable back plate.

The codename for the device is “hammerhead,” and it is referenced as running Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie. As we are all well aware, the name changed to KitKat for the official release.

So thanks, FCC. That was far more than what can typically count on getting out of you.

Naturally a number of folks have been doing renders based on this information, including the one you see at the top of the post. Here are a couple that we liked from reddit user Vovicon. The first is a comparison with the previous two Nexus devices and the second a render of the Nexus 5 alone.

If this truly is the Nexus 5, this is much more of a flagship device then we would have anticipated. The Nexus line hasn’t exactly been cutting edge hardware for the last couple years. Of course this begs the question what kind of pricing will we see on the Nexus this time around. Regardless we’ve got the new Android name and statue, and now we’ve got a whole lot of info on the next Nexus. Okay Google, now let’s just get this thing announced.