Remember that image of what appeared to be a new Nexus phone used in a Google video earlier this week? It turns out the FCC has tested a phone that just happens to have the some of the same physical attributes: The likely Nexus 5 handset.
Engadget caught sight of the FCC testing documents and noted that the LG phone under test will have a 5-inch display, Qi wireless charging and support for 7 different LTE bands covering some of the frequencies for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. There’s also a reference to Key Lime Pie in the software, but of course we now know that KitKat is the name of Android 4.4. Engadget says the device firmware indicates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip powering the phone; the same silicon inside the latest flagship phones such as the LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Little else is known about the handset, but if you look at the FCC images showing the back of the tested device you can see the large circular cutout for a camera sensor at the top left of the handset. Now pair that up with the image of a Nexus-branded phone — in landscape, just like the new Nexus 7 — and you see there’s more than passing resemblance between the two devices. It’s a pretty safe bet then that this is (or will be) Google’s newest Nexus.
When Google introduced Google Experience handsets — non-Nexus flagships with mostly pure Android — I figured its Nexus program would create phones that had slightly lesser specs. After all: It’s difficult for Google to compete against its own hardware partners who are pushing the limits of handset hardware. Now I’m thinking that’s not the case. It looks like Google will continue to design its own phones to showcase the latest and greatest that Android software has to offer.