Difference between Nexus 5 models 820 and 821

There are two models of the new LG Nexus 5: D820 for North America, D821 for the rest of the world. On the outside they look the same with identical case, buttons and camera. Users will also have the same choice of storage and colors. Looking at the specs, there are no distinctions in screen, processor, RAM, sensors, Wifi and the software build.

01-google-lg-nexus-5-011113The only evident difference between the two models is mobile network bands, because it is virtually impossible to fit every necessary radio into a single model:

D820 model for North America:

  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
  • LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

D821 model for rest of the world:

  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
  • LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

This is only a network spec sheet, so before you purchase your Nexus 5, do check the bands your carrier is using.

In the U.S., the D820 model will have 2G, 3G and LTE data conection compatibility on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. Any MVNO, operating in the T-Mobile or AT&T network should be ok as well, but beyond that your device may fall into a gray area.

Rest of World D821 model should pretty easily connect to 2G, 3G and LTE in Europe and beyond. However, different and unique networks in Asia may run into gray areas.


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