Nexus 5 retail packaging leaks, hints at white variant


A new leak has popped up showing what is claimed to be the retail packaging of the Nexus 5. Anyone surprised? The packaging itself is rather ho-hum, showing off a render of the device that matches what surfaced on Google Play yesterday. What really catches our attention, though, is what appears to be a render of the device in white.

More specifically, the box seems to show off a two-tone version with a white back and black front. While black and white variants are nothing new, this is the first we have seen of the Nexus 5 in an alternate color scheme. Previous leaks have showcased the device in black alone.

With retail packaging already seemingly assembled, the Nexus 5 might launch with multiple color options, which would be a nice touch. What do you guys think? Liking the idea of a white Nexus 5?


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  • averymlewis

    White please!!!!

  • SteveAHamilton

    The back cover could be interchangeable.

    • Daniel Tiberius

      The whole thing should be, like PhoneBlocks!

  • Caboose713

    Probably the 32GB variant?

  • Eric Silva

    I hate two tone like this. If you are gonna make it white, do the front AND back in white.

    • Jiro K

      This is lg’s thing.

      • Malik

        All the Nexi: Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 have been two toned. Obviously the Nexus One was a bit of a different beast.

        • Jiro K

          Thanks for the correction.

          • Malik

            No problem buddy, I’m just trying rack my brain over which I want.

          • CerealFTW


          • Ugslick

            LG does make all white phones (LG G2, G Pro, etc etc) Though the Optimus G was two tone, same as the Nexus 4, back was white and front was black. They were going for the clean black slate look for that specifically though.. I think this is on Google.. simply making it their design choice for whatever reason.

  • Malik

    OMG, Can’t take it anymore. Please, Google release me from my insanity and announce this thing. But seriously now I have to try and figure out which color I want? #1stWorldProblems, I know but still…

  • Jiro K

    Looks like a panda

  • Rage4Order

    The obligatory…

  • ChristianMcC

    Whatever color, just bring it!

  • Jenna Sais Quoi

    More Colors = Better chance for me to get one for me cuz of ppl going for a specific color. Color b derned I just want the phone! I will take it in black, brown, magenta with orange polka dots doesn’t matter.

    • ChristianMcC

      Dang it, she’s on to my plan…..

  • flyinggerbil

    take. my. money. already.

  • ryzeup

    While is always good,
    though having black front feels good to eyes then having white front, as Jiro K said it’s LG’s thing which doesn’t look good to me.

  • Daniel

    I’m not a fan of the two tone “white” it should be either or, not some hybrid of the two.

    That said….

    • CerealFTW

      I don’t really like how the bezels are white with a black screen. I like this better because it has a solid color on either surface

  • Jason Miller

    “Previous leaks have showcased the device in black alone.” – What about this?

    • CerealFTW

      I think you’re onto something. Chris said it could be a moto x but the front facing camera is on the other side.

    • meltedmoops999

      Good eye!

  • Josephus

    verizon please (any color, I’m all over it) weeps knowing the chances are slim

  • Nathan Bryant

    They should launch them in Google colors and the colors should extend nearly to the front. Depending on a design of a phone, the only white back and black band and front don’t always look good. The idea of a white Nexus 5 sounds good, but it doesn’t look right in that picture. It should be in entirely white or the side bands and the camera lens should be white to. It looks really tacky like that. Like it’s an unfinished device. Maybe look better in person…?

    Regardless, they should get these color options out the first day and at once. Not a month or so later. I never see the point of that.

  • Cesar Ortiz

    wantz it!!

  • brandonstuff85

    nice design. i like the subtle 5 seen on the phone’s wallpaper colors on the box.

  • Kris Smith

    Black, silver and white. Like you couldn’t figure that out from this photo that leaked weeks ago.

    • Jason Miller

      i can only see nexus 5 with black and white backcover, don’t know where you see a silver variant…

      • likemystory

        Try the trim..
        Black front
        Silver trim
        White back

        • Jason Miller

          i think it just looks like this because of the lighting of the camera used.
          Bottom: Black front (+trim) and matt black back
          Top: Black front (+trim) and white back

          • Kris Smith

            I see what you’re saying. Maybe I’m wrong about the silver. I was just comparing the back to the side to on the white nexus and it def don’t look black. But every page is posting the white variant like it’s something new. Just announce it already Google!

    • Jeff72

      I think that whitening is just the camera flash. It’s matte black most likely.

      • Jason Miller

        Look at the device on top of the obvious nexus 5…

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      There is no silver here.

  • Vanakatherock

    I’d prefer a white one, actually. Just wish it would be white on the front & back, not just the back.

    • David W

      Apple has a patent on an all white phone.

      • zifnab

        Yep, probably.

    • ChristianMcC

      You’ll start with white and shortly your phone will be the color smudged or blue jean. I’d be okay with a white front, but the soft touch back needs to be darker.

      • Vanakatherock

        Eh. I put my phones in cases which is why I’d like the front to be white as well. My GS4 is white/white.

      • Dan

        My Note 2 is still white after almost a year :)

        • ChristianMcC

          True, and that’s a smooth touch, not the soft touch(matte) this is, and therein lies the difference.

          • Dan

            ahh ok

      • Daniel Tiberius

        I don’t think they’d make a soft touch white, since it’ll just get dirty.

  • PhoenixP3K

    Was there any other phone so heavily leaked in the past. I feel like they should just release it without an event just for the fun of it. No press release, no nothing.

    • RaiDei

      Hold a press conference, walk on stage, say “Nexus 5″, drop mic, roll sizzle reel, release on store.

      • Topher


  • RG

    About time

    • MK2

      I think we all need to spam Kevin’s G+ page with this. Assuming he has one…

    • KiwiBri

      lol!! awesomeness!

  • Fred

    I just want one….hell, it can be burple for all i care. I don’t care about color, I just want the damn phone.

    • pookietookie


  • asdsadsad

    if you checked the URL for Nexus 5 in play store while it was out briefly you could see “nexus5_black_16gb” so yes, white version is most likely true

  • Derek Ross


    • Cesar Ortiz

      mama mia!

  • Fadil Karim

    I don’t know what color to get! The white looks nice but the black would match my nexus 7

  • joejoe5709

    Multiple color options? I don’t see Google doing more than three or four. Any more than that and you start taking away from Moto X’s MotoMaker. And if the Nexus 5 Touchless Control rumors are true, the Moto X already isn’t left with too many selling points when compared to the Nexus 5.

  • ChicagoBob

    Is there any tech spec on this thing?

    • scoter man1

      How long have you been living under a rock?

    • ChristianMcC

      Take lg g2, knock the screen to 4.96″, ram to 2GB, cam to 8mp ois, and battery to 2300mah. That’s the knowledge in a nutshell. Oh, and slightly smaller body dimensions than N4. Add LTE bands 2/4/5/17/25/26/41, CDMA, and the usual pentaband hspa+.

      • KiwiBri

        please let the camera be that funky new quick focus camera thing!

        • ChristianMcC

          I think I’d prefer the OIS, if it were between that and mems, but maybe it’ll have both!

      • Sean

        The G2 has 2GB of ram as well.

        • ChristianMcC

          Sorry, still had it stuck in my head that had 3GB from the rumors, and it never was on my radar really, so I didn’t keep up.

          • Sean

            Totally understandable. I wish it did have 3. I’ve usually only got between 700 to 800MB free, and it makes me nervous that if I start doing something intense it will run low and slow down. That never happens mind you, but the peace of mind would be nice.

  • CerealFTW

    They should just call it the Nexu5 and get Deadmau5 to sponsor it

    • Fel Pe

      Nah, too pop for my taste.

    • joejoe5709

      Lol. Nexu5 is actually pretty clever. I know it’s silly but I hope they at least talked about it in their marketing meetings.

      • Daniel Tiberius

        I’d bet it gets called that informally on the forums here soon.

  • steveb944

    Sign me up! It’ll be tough to decide between silver and white tho. I think I’ll take white because it’s a clean look.

  • Daniel Tiberius

    I get all my phones in white if it’s available, rather than black at least. I’ll be ordering the white one once I figure out how to pay for it.

    • KiwiBri

      how come?

      • Daniel Tiberius

        I just like the way it looks for some reason. Black is slightly more typical too. Most smartphones are black, or at least they were. It’s changing a bit now, which is great.

        • ChristianMcC

          They do have typically better resale value, too, I’ve noticed, except in the case of iPhone(they’re all ridiculously priced)

          • spicymeatball

            It depends on how they offer the white versions. Nexus 4 was only offered for a short time in white, thus making them rare to find and worth more. The black looks pretty nice but I think I might try white just for a change.

    • Dan

      Wow you got downvoted for taste? I like my phones in white as well (iphone/Note 2), although I think for this particular phone I’d go grey/black.

      • Daniel Tiberius

        lol people nowadays.

  • Marsg

    Were probably going to get a unboxing video by the time Google actually releases this thing lol.

  • phoenix_fire

    black front with white back…. when will companies learn that that’s ugly as sin?

  • Marsg

    I bet Google is going to release this thing Halloween night, it is kitkat after all.

  • shmoops

    That’s got to be the laziest attempt at a white model I’ve ever seen. They couldn’t even be bothered to come up with a white camera housing?

  • Fel Pe

    If it wasn’t for the Note 3, for sure, I’d use a Nexus 5. But you know, since my puberty I got used to handling big things so the Note 3 size really doesn’t bother me at all. xD

    • Dan


      • Fel Pe


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    • CerealFTW

      THIS IS ME

  • Jordan Caviness

    i like the suicide black/ white color.. it is pure yet Darth-y

  • spicymeatball

    I’m not sure if white is a good idea with a soft texture. It may get dirty pretty fast.

  • jessez93

    I’m sure the white on the back only is to keep the front looking clean. get over it.

  • Aaron



    Yeah better looking than stupid note 3 with the new Samsung Regional Locking pokicy in effect worldwide.
    Won’t buy Sammy phone ever again..
    Damnn u LG take mi money NOW. ugghrrrrr


    Wtf Google takeeeeeee my moneyyyyyyyy Nowwwwwww
    Miaoooo weeeeeee

  • Ashutos Don Jain

    Phandroid, the topmost photo of box is captured by my phone, so please mention me too

    • patti livernash

      my Aunty Addison recently got Kia Sportage by working part time online from home… resource w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m