Today it seems clearer than ever that LG will make the next Nexus device. New regulatory documents released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal a trove of photos detailing a new smartphone that looks very similar to the device accidentally leaked in a video published by Google last week. A fully-assembled version of the so-called Nexus 5 is detailed in the filing, and it exhibits the same large camera module as the device leaked in Google's video. The Nexus branding itself is missing from the device in question, however, but that isn't unusual for hardware going through testing.
The filing itself, first spotted by Phonescoop, was submitted as a "class 2 permissive change" for the LG's latest flagship Android device, the G2. It's very likely that the Nexus 5 will be based on the G2, just like the Nexus 4 before it was a modified version of the LG Optimus G. In fact, the Nexus series has a long history of being built off of flagship devices. The Nexus S was a modified Samsung Galaxy S, and the Galaxy Nexus was based off of the Samsung Galaxy S2, for instance. Specifications may differ for the final Nexus 5, but for reference, the LG G2 shipped with a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz. It also had 2GB of RAM.
An earlier FCC filing revealed that the Nexus 5's radio could support LTE bands used by AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and it noted that the device had a 4.96-inch screen. In addition to confirming this information, today's filing says the new phone will support dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and will have a 2,300mAh battery as well. It also stated that the device came in at 5.19 inches in height and 2.69 inches in width. For comparison, the Nexus 4 is 5.27 inches tall and 2.7 inches wide even though it has a smaller, 4.8-inch screen. While there's no word when we might expect the device to ship, it'd be safe to assume it'd arrive sometime this fall alongside Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Screen size not much bigger than my GNEX. This may be my new phone.