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Retail Packaging of Nexus 5 Leaks, White Variant Too?

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Ever since last night’s Google Play slip-up that showed us the Nexus 5 in all its glory, along with its price and at least one internal storage option, we have been counting the minutes to some sort of official acknowledgement from Google. We still don’t have that yet, but we may have another piece to the puzzle – retail packaging. Posted at tech site Underkg.com (and then potentially removed), three images show what could be the retail packaging for Google’s new phone, assuming they are even real.

The styling of the packaging matches up exactly to the packaging of the new 2013 Nexus 7. The device is shown half-way on the front side, but finishes off on the back, just like with the N7. You have nothing but a Google logo on the front, along with an LG logo on the side (says Asus in the same spot on the N7 box), and the name “NEXUS5” on the back. The only odd thing here is that on our Nexus 7 LTE box, it also says the storage size and has all sorts of regulatory and test logos, like that of the FCC. But this is also not likely a U.S. retail box, so don’t take that to mean much.

But wait, is that a white Nexus 5 on that box? It certainly looks like it is. At this point, we have yet to see a white N5 in the wild, but Google has made white versions of at least three Nexus phones to date, so it wouldn’t surprise us if they decided to provide a white option. In my personal opinion, this white theme is not exactly the way I’d go, with the all white back and black sides. To me, if a phone is white, a white backplate is not enough – you have to at least wrap the entire back and sides in white, should you decide to leave the front black (like the developer edition Moto X). But again, that’s just me.

The white inner box also looks quite similar to that used with the new Nexus 7.

The hypebeasting continues. Thoughts on a half-baked white version? Fake or real?

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Update: Β Anyone remember this picture? We wondered if that was a white Nexus lying face up on top of another Nexus 5. It certainly seems now like it was.

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Via: Β +rohan rao rao | +Ashutos Jain

  • borgey

    Yeah, great time to be stuck on Verizon… Not

  • Tim242

    Oreo phones are ugly.

  • Patrick Crumpler


  • Patrick Bateman

    The nexus will be sold out in 5 secs… trust me…

  • ObviousNinja2

    They did that stupid OREO combo again.

  • Android-Anarchist

    Yeah a Google Play slip up… right more like marketing and hype-build up strategy. Which is working btw… but all tht money and security and a big slip like that. Never happened.

  • Epic Tea

    Hurry up I’m stuck using an iPhone 5 after trading my gs4 iOS is alright but I dearly miss android after 2 days.

    • fauxshizzl

      I know TouchWiz is horrid, but trading for an iPhone?

  • Scott Tilney

    Why is Bluethooth the one thing that’s on the packaging? I’m calling BS.

  • zombiewolf115

    google needs to stop damn trolling my nexus 4 randomly got soft brick and is stuck on a forever bootloop and i kinda need a new damn phone nowww

  • andrew borrelli

    At this point I’d buy the fricken phone if it was pink as long as I can get it NOW! My Galaxy Nexus is barely chugging along (cracked screen…) I need new phone like yesterday!

  • MatthewSimmons

    Just release it already!


    What if the colors were linked to the rumored battery size options….that is a different colored back represents the changes inside?

  • MikeSaver

    yeah if its blacka nd white thats dummmmbbb

  • joejoe5709

    Guaranteed that’s what the white Nexus 5 will look like. I actually don’t mind it and I’m one who dislikes white phones. It’ll probably show less fingerprints unless those fingerprints are also dirty. The white adds some flavor while the sides and front are all business classy. I also like how they kept the large camera circle black. I know a lot of you will disagree, but if the “Nexus” on the back is also black, I think it would look even better. I really just want a splash of white instead of an all white phone.

    That said, I’d probably get a black one just because I so badly want it to perfectly match my N7. If there were a gray/silver back I would definitely buy that one instead of black. I love the gray/black styling of the GNex.

  • Tony Culliton


  • Kofi Williams

    OK so the nexus 5 is obviously irrelevant to Google. Kit Kat is what really matters in combination with the phone.

    • joejoe5709


      • Kofi Williams

        Down vote? The nexus 5 is going to be awesome but with this many leaks it’s obvious Google is saving the surprises for kit Kat. We know very little beyond a new look and the hangouts. On top of that kit Kat SD should optimize the nexus similar to how the moto x is. Seeing the phone tells us nothing about the use. All this hype is a bit premature.

        • joejoe5709

          For what it’s worth, that isn’t my downvote. I’m actually curious.

          I don’t think irrelevant is the right word. But you’re right – we have far far more leaks and confirmed facts about the N5 than we do with Kit Kat. Leaking some specs about a phone that we already knew a lot about isn’t a big deal.

          This is the way I’d put it: Google has many more surprises up their sleeve and Kit Kit is the center of it all so they’re holding their cards until the last minute.

  • Liderc

    This might be the first time I would choose the white over the black to prevent a fingerprint disaster on the back. I like that they don’t put white on the front, as the black bezel with black screen looks incredible as one clean slate.

  • rthvk

    I called this on your article yesterday! πŸ˜›

  • chris125

    Google can’t seem to get a white phone right just like they can’t get the launch of their product right either… Come on Google the oreo look is not a good look

  • fauxshizzl

    My credit card is primed and ready. Just need an “add to cart” button.

  • Richard


  • Jkdem85

    I would sell my kidney to get this phone out and certified for Verizon.

    • fauxshizzl

      Considering their business practices I am sure Verizon would take that kidney off your hands.

      • Jkdem85

        And charge me for it…but unlimited 4G data makes me stay..

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    I just finished scouring LG’s data base of phones at the FCC. Besides the G2 and the lucid phones, there have been no devices submitted this year which would be a Nexus variant for Verizon.

    Sorry guys!

  • Nicholas Ng

    think the white version could be real or fake as it contradicts with the packaging a bit. i would like to point out that the first picture showing the back of the package evidently shows the white backing of a nexus 5 but the key is that the camera lens on the package is black unlike the full white nexus 5 it has a white/silver camera lens. In addition the side view nexus 5 on the package shows the back bit is also white and not the entire device. But if the full white nexus 5 is made then SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!

  • NexusMan

    I don’t like white phones, so maybe that’s why I actually like the sides being black. Dings, damage, dirt and discoloration would show up too easily on the white.

  • OneForTheGoodDays


    how I feel with all the hype-beasting as of late… can’t muster up enough excitement anymore.

    • Chris

      like an annoying cartoon?

      • OneForTheGoodDays

        It’s a box… a fake box perhaps.

  • Guy Meatdrapes

    ALL ABOARD!!!!!

  • Cowboydroid

    White would definitely show less fingerprints. I haven’t usually bought into white phones, but with this one I’m rethinking my stance.

  • So, Underkg.com appears to sell phones. Is the take-away that they have them in stock, ready to sell?

  • TheRobotCow

    Here’s one thing that Apple does right, when they say a white phone its an all white phone. Not just the back…
    It’s still gonna be a great phone, can’t wait till they officially announce it.

    • BobbyG

      and samsung and moto and htc. but yeah, I don’t like the half and half of the nexus

  • Dorian Brooks

    Until I saw the sides & front were black I almost “Jizzed in my pants!!!”
    Though the black camera trim should of given it away.

    I would of taken a white front & back with black trim &/or sides.

  • ManBearPig618

    OMG it has bluetooth!!!11!!1

  • quoderatmac

    Did the Play Store screenshots show the SIM card size? I know DL posted that it’s a micro SIM, per the leaked manual, but I wanted to be sure before I order a T-Mobile SIM.

    • Dorian Brooks

      I believe it’s micro SIM.

      • I’m so glad you posted this comment. I missed that it was a Micro SIM, which I don’t have, so I’m making arrangements to get one now. Much appreciated.

  • TMKvamme

    I like the black front so the screen just kind of melts into the rest of the face. But I agree that if the back is white the sides should be too.

  • teevirus

    Was hoping for pebble blue

    • NexusMan

      Was hoping for Space Grey

      • Weber

        Nah, man…champagne.

        • HarvesterX

          Creamy Passion White


    Looks AWESOME!

    Google FTW!

    Android 4EVER!

  • Vyse

    CORRECTION: We HAVE seen the white variant in the wild. It’s in the picture that leaked on that Apple forum. Also, the play store listing yesterday said “black” in the URL. By comparison, the Nexus 4 doesn’t specify the color in the URL.

  • Guy Pierce

    Verizon variant too?

    • Kevin

      all signs seem to be pointing toward no

    • Hunterh2

      lol keep dreaming. I just caved and got the HTC One on amazon for $50. Worth it

    • Guy Pierce

      I was being sarcastic! Seriously though, think Sprint will see this?

  • Skwisgaar

    In the very near future thousands of people will have this phone, be using it, be sharing opinions about it with one another online…….and there will still have never been an announcement on it.

  • Morbid138

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      Yeah…at this point I’m getting irrationally annoyed that it isn’t just out already.

  • GadgetKing

    I dislike the idea of a Nexus with a white back and black front.. I would love to buy an all white Nexus 5 that looks as good as the S4 or G2…

  • JohanV

    I’ve seen a lot of photoshop in my days.. this is just fan art.
    Contradict me.. http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/THISGONBGUD.gif

    • T4rd

      Indeed. I can tell by the pixels. =p

  • Bailers77

    I know its too much, but I’m really hoping that a Verizon version is released.

    Unrealistic hopes and dreams are still hopes and dreams.

    • Even if it is, which I doubt it will, I’m quitting Verizon. Another thing that got added in the “Reason” bucket today – Latest Ubuntu for smartphones is not supported on Verizon GNex. Nexus on a verizon is not a Nexus.

      • Bailers77

        I understand completely. I’m just not willing to give up my unlimited data on Verizon’s 4G network. I’m willing to sacrifice the full Nexus for that network.

        • flyinggerbil

          similar concerns to you but i’ve decided to simply use my unlimited data plan on a new nexus 7 with lte (just going to take my sim out of my phone and put it in the new nexus 7 – kellen shows it works so why not?). as for my phone, it’s t-mobile for me. november 23 can’t come soon enough.

          i’ve done research on how to port my number but keep my data plan active, see here – http://rootzwiki.com/topic/42073-how-to-sell-verizon-contract-and-keep-your-number/

        • donkeykong85

          i would leave if i wasnt on a family plan. att seems like the network is just as good. in my area i think spring and tmobile are probably better than verizon. 4g is not as important to me as it once was – it seems i have wifi everywhere now, even stores.

  • Jes Marwaha


    • Hah, this actually looks nice. This is how they should have done it, not with those nasty black sides. πŸ˜›

      • Bobby Cornwell

        Looks really Miami Marlin-ish

        • Ryan

          Miami Vice more like it with that white and turquoise

          • michael arazan

            All it needs is a scruffy unshaven facial hair; Nexus Crocket Edition in a Ferrari Case

      • GadgetKing

        I agree completely.. I’d order two of those.. But never with the black front..

      • MichaelFranz

        This x42 ^^

      • a3uge

        The black on-screen buttons and the black notification bar fit better against a black background… but after everything is transparent I guess it doesn’t matter.

        • Ryan Gaudon

          If anything the new white icons help it…

      • bitpimpin

        Wow this render looks delicious… I actually wanna eat this phone

      • Jes Marwaha

        I agree – looks awesome, a true white phone!

      • This is how the nexus 4 white edition should of looked like.

      • DanielMena9

        I think you are wrong here Kellex, a white front loses “immersion factor” for me on a phone. I can tell the screen starts and stops.

        • Jeff

          I would have to agree with Kellen as the white render looks sick! I’d buy it! Have never had the problem telling where the screen starts and stops. Have you owned a white phone danielmena9? If so what was it?

      • Blue Sun

        They should really call this color what it is… checkerboard.

      • Droidzilla

        I’d say the white is very likely not a fake. Take a look at the link for the Nexus 5 page they accidentally leaked and you’ll see it’s for the Nexus 5 Black 16GB. That implies that both black and 16GB are not the only options (Nexus 7 pages have no mention of colour).

      • James Hill

        Looks like you’ll be doing a screen replacement video in the future.

    • Sec C. Do you happen to have a high-res version of this photo. Would love to create some mockups of my apps with this device frame.

        • Thanks Tim. But I had already downloaded this yesterday. The white one had my interests piqued. I tried color replace in photoshop to make it white, but that didn’t work well. So, looking if anyone has high-res version of the white one.

          • Tim Stricker

            You’re thinking of something like this?

          • Yep. Thanks a million.
            Google, look at this and make some.

            Edit: Inverted colors, eh? Earpiece is looking like it is going to crawl through my ear canal into my brain. LoL. Still, another million thanks. πŸ™‚

          • Tim Stricker

            Wasn’t made by me but yeah, inverted colors. πŸ˜‰
            Still the best I could find.

    • maratu

      Don’t get too excited now, this was just a mockup from a Reddit thread

    • ferrari187

      damn that looks really good, definitely the way to go

    • zurginator

      1) The FFC ‘black’ area needs to be larger
      2) The speaker grille needs to be darker
      3) You need the Prox and Light sensor black spots

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      …anyone wanna buy a Nexus 4? πŸ™‚

      • Guest

        My mom…

    • PolarBear

      Dear Diary, would you please tell me if that white phone exists?

    • Jkdem85

      looks great but obviously fake..

      Also going to hear alot of iPhone fanboys saying google stole the “candy” like design of ios7

    • MikeSaver

      woah ok. if that comes to be how it actually looked I would say fuckit and switch to AT&T.

    • Jpx

      This actually looks Amazing… but it won’t happen…

  • I never doubt the power of google. I always believe in it smart.

  • usaff22

    Retail Packaging of Nexus 5 Lakes, White Variant Too?

    That should be the title. The Nexus 5 has passed the point where unofficial images are leaks. Should be lakes/floods now.

  • Droidzilla

    Stop teasing and just let us buy it already, Google!

  • a3uge


  • sc0rch3d

    where’s our kit kat clue of the day?

  • moelsen8

    where the hell is the announcement? the next two weeks are going to suck if it really isn’t until the end of the month.

  • Kevin

    This has to be the most leaked phone ever…

    • a3uge

      I’m thinking some of this has to be intentional – or at least Google isn’t trying at all to conceal it. Apple likes to band-aid reveal products to create a media buzz, but this strategy wouldn’t be as beneficial for a Google Nexus device since the media buzz is going to be minimal at reveal time. This device isn’t going to be heavily advertised like the Moto X, iPhone, or Galaxy lines, so it’s not getting a huge hype media blitz. Instead, with the slow leaks, they’re generating free advertising and buzz designed at people who are actually going to buy the phone – nerds and tech people. They’re doing a good job of getting their target audience talking about the phone.

      • joejoe5709

        I think most of it is intentional and even the unintentional ones are closely watched by google and are simply factored into their plan. Leaks are gonna happen. Might as well use it to your advantage. Think of it as a controlled crash landing. Things will get out of hand but you’re still steering the plane.

      • chris125

        Google is doing this to try and steal some thunder from apple and their upcoming ipad/mac announcement

        • a3uge

          That doesn’t even make any sense… it’s not even the same product line. Slow leaking a Nexus device isn’t going to affect iPad and Mac sales in the least bit. That’s my entire point. They’re slow leaking things to generate buzz among people interested in Google devices.

          • chris125

            Actually it makes a lot of sense. Different product line or not Google wants you thinking about their devices. and if the rumors of an I watch and Google smart watch are true Google wants to try and sway people. Plus all these leaks potentially keep some people from buying an iphone. So yes it makes perfect sense.

          • a3uge

            There hasn’t been any ‘leak’ of a Google watch. Just of a Nexus phone. That’s what were’s talking about – the slow leaking of the Nexus 5. You changed your point from stealing thunder away from an ipad/mac announcement to swaying people away from iPhones with a leak. But people who are reading about Nexus 5 leaks are likely people whom aren’t deciding between an iPhone and Android. Nexus phones typically aren’t advertised for the mass population – they’re made to keep developers and fans happy. Google slow leaking a Nexus device so Android nerds get exited isn’t hurting Apple in the least bit. Apple makes their money on our mothers getting their first smartphone and gaining hype from a couple day media blitz, not on people whom obsess over tech news. It’s two different audiences.

    • N5orMX?

      iPhone 4 prototype, which got in everyones way

  • HotRodJohnson

    Intention slip up!