The odds that the upcoming Nexus smartphone is made by LG just got better. Thanks to a newly discovered regulatory filing, we are now certain that the device with the codename LG D820 is not a CDMA version of the LG G2, as well known leaker @evleaks recently tweeted.
In case you’re not up to date with the story, here’s a briefing: last week, a device codenamed LG D820 was spotted in an FCC filing, showing the telltale signs of a Nexus device. The filing seemed to back earlier rumors that LG is making the next Nexus based on the G2’s hardware.
Then on Monday, @evleaks tweeted that the LG820 is actually a CDMA variant of the LG G2, and not a Nexus. @evleaks based his assumption on a supposed database entry showing the D821 as a CDMA LG G2 variant. From there, he concluded that the D820 and D821 are variants of the same device. But there were problems with this theory, mainly the fact that the dimensions in the FCC D820 filing were not even close to those of the LG G2.
Now we can put the speculation to rest because the D821 device appeared in an FCC filing of its own, and it’s clear that it’s actually a GSM version of the LG G2. Moreover, @evleaks retracted his earlier tweet:
Happy to say it looks like I was wrong about the LG D820/D821…
— @evleaks (@evleaks) September 11, 2013
To wrap up, even if the D821 and the D820 have similar codenames, they are actually different devices. The D820 can still be the fabled next Nexus.