By Stephen Schenck | September 9, 2013 10:55 AM
Beyond the IFA, and all the new hardware that brought to light, last week also marked the arrival of some new information possibly pertaining to the release of the next Nexus smartphone, with the publication of some FCC certification paperwork that might just be for an LG-made Nexus 5. While that Nexus name itself didn’t pop up, there was a whole lot of circumstantial evidence, not the least of which were some case images that sure seemed to match the camera placement we saw in the image of the possible Nexus 5 candidate from a video shot on Google’s campus. This week, however, we hearing about a possible alternate explanation for this handset.
According to tipster @evleaks, this model we saw at the FCC, the LG D820, should instead be a CDMA version of the G2. In apparent support of this, he offers a screenshot from a database showing the LG 821 identified as a CDMA G2, in contrast to the GSM version, the LG D802. While this doesn’t directly ID the D820, the proximity of this numbering makes it seem far more likely that the D820 would be very closely related to the D821, likely differing only in band configuration, than that the D820 would be the Nexus 5 and D821 would be a regular LG phone. For instance, while the LG Optimus G uses model numbers like E971 and E973, the Nexus 4 itself is E960.
Still, there are problems with this idea. Why would a CDMA G2 see its camera moved, and apparently lose its rear volume controls? Why don’t those body dimensions from the D820 filing match these leaked specs for the D821? We’ll be trying to account for these apparent discrepancies as we continue to look for the arrival of new Nexus 5 info.