Google Pixel XL 2 FCC Certification Confirms LG As Manufacturer

Google is taking an interesting strategy with its next generation Pixel devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. Around this time last month, a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed that HTC is the manufacturer behind the Pixel 2. Now we have learned that LG is producing the Pixel XL 2 rather than HTC, which was also confirmed by an FCC filing. Both phones have not yet been formally announced.

This time around the FCC filing is quite as fleshed out as the last one. However, it does provide some goodies. The filing lists the FCC ID as ZNFG011C, which is a combination of LG's FCC grantee code (ZNF) and the phone's model number (G011C). If you are wondering where the G011B went, Droid-Life posits that G011B could have been a Pixel XL 2 manufactured by HTC, which was reportedly scrapped so that LG could produce the handset.

Pixel and Pixel XL
First generation Pixel and Pixel XL

The rest of the filing is mostly non-informational, as LG did a much better job than HTC of hiding certain details. Whereas HTC showed a bunch of screenshots of the user interface that revealed some things about the Pixel 2, LG did. About the only thing else the filing touches on is a list of LTE network support, covering all four major wireless carriers in the United States—Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

One thing we are waiting to find out is what chipset the new Pixel phones will run. It was originally rumored that both handsets would feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 system-on-chip (SoC). That was later disputed by XDA-Developers, which said it heard from an "extremely reliable source" that a Snapdragon 836 chip simply does not exist. If true, it is likely Google will go with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, the same as found in Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 and a few other handsets.