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Boxes and Boxes of a Red Nexus 5 Variant. (Updated)

Weren’t buying into last week’s purported image of a red Nexus 5 variant? Would a couple of pictures from a warehouse showing boxes and boxes of the same model in retail packaging help? If so, here you go. Thanks to pictures tweeted by @artyomstar, we are certainly leaning towards a bright red version of Google’s latest flagship phone to be on the way.

The images – included above and below – appear to show red Nexus 5s packaged up and ready for shipping, likely to retailers. There are labels for LG (the manufacturer), specifics on the storage size (these are 16GB units), a couple of IMEIs, and a potential country (GBR) that these specific boxes will be shipped off to.Β 

We still know nothing on price or availability, but with Valentine’s Day quickly arriving, the bright red version would be a timely addition to the lineup that includes black and white models. Both current models are priced at $349 for the 16GB variant, so I’d imagine this will drop in at the same.

Who wants red?

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Update: Β Is this another picture of the device? Holy brightness. Someone tell my man to turn his flash off. (via)

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Via: Β @artyomstar | Android Central
  • Cristi

    That last photo is so obviously faked…

  • artsr2002

    Plot twist: this is the verizon verzion. haha

  • JonE

    Droid Life, stop selling ad space to the Koch Brothers, please.

  • TK

    LOL really DroidLife? These pictures are as fake as it gets. Every picture screams out fake. Must be a slow day at the office?

  • Trevor

    I wonder if it has the glossy, white-backed Nexus sides or the soft touch black-backed Nexus sides. I love the feel of the black one (so many comments to be added here).

  • eturk001

    hoax? notice the blurry edge of the device, on box, is red. The white Nexus 5 has a black edge. The glass/display/edge are fused together. The white/black back pops off. Notice how smudged the red edges are on every box. Worse, the weird red color of the IMEI label and the camera bezel. Traggic any writter would even promote these hoaxes. http://yive.co/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Nexus-5-white-black.jpg

    • Mackster248

      What if the red ones just have a red edge instead of black? You don’t know for sure that these are fake. We’ll all have to wait and see.

  • Mason Lammers

    GBR! I am going to believe that is a Nebraska Husker reference…

  • mikeym0p

    Hey Kellex, do you know if it has the glossy (white) or soft-touch (black) rim?

  • trext

    It looks like someone took a red permanent marker to the white nexus. They bloodied the white panda.

  • Liderc

    Ugh, hideous.

  • interstellarmind

    OK… this new pic is a fake, right? Why would the IMEI sticker be red? Looks like photoshop to me.

  • TSON1

    Okay I want it.

  • Gaurav Bidasaria

    I was wondering if we should buy a new nexus smartphone if Google has already decided to replace the nexus lineup with a new variant ?


  • Kyle

    Are the sides like the feel of the black nexus 5 or like the feel of the white nexus 5? That’s my determining factor for me to get either black or red.

    • realfoxm

      This question is killing me right now. If it is truly red on the sides, they better re-issue the white the same way.

  • Alexander Anteneh

    MKBHD will be all over this

    • emoney

      as will i

  • realfoxm

    Red on the sides?!?! I want my white one without black on the sides!!

    • realfoxm

      It has to be shopped.

  • user311

    Where are these boxes full of red phones, those are clearly “empty”

  • Mayoo

    Get ready people

    • Mayoo

      Damn, sorry for the doubles

  • interstellarmind

    Eh… pics look photoshopped. Especially the pics with the phones in the shipping carton. We’ll see soon enough, I guess.

  • 4g63mark

    Too bad they didn’t fix the speaker and put in a better battery instead.

  • Daeshaun

    red earpiece, nice. looking forward to blue and yellow. May pick up yellow

  • Eric G Canoy

    it would be dope if it was for Verizon…. one can hope…

  • Guest

    Maybe they are for Verizon… Oh wait… LOL

  • Ricky Blanco

    The power button and the red speaker hole look suspect also…

    • MistaButters

      The white phone has a white speaker hole.

      • Ricky Blanco


      • grumpyfuzz

        I can see the red speaker on the front be a distraction… at least for me.

  • Xiria Seven


  • skitchbeatz

    The edges look photoshopped

    • palomosan

      It looks weird how the edge is red and black, it looks more like a case, soon we’ll see the finish product.

      • MistaButters

        The black is the bezel of the screen (front of the phone). The red is the side.

  • VZW Edition

    • Thomas O’Brien

      If only…

    • That would be an epic game changer!

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Don’t do that to me…

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I actually just heard from my friend that works at a Verizon Store they were going to be getting a special edition of the Nexus soon. I’m not sure if she was trolling me as I would love a New nexus on Verizon and she knows this, but as soon as I saw this, that is what I was thinking, since my friend told me this on Friday.

      • Steve B

        Don’t be so gullible.

        • ITGuy11


        • Franklin Ramsey

          Oh I know, but I want to believe!

      • Adrynalyne

        Trolling you.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          That’s my guess too, but, Damn I hope she isn’t.

      • EC8CH

        zoom in on the box bar code and it says GSM above LTE, so I’m thinking these are not the VZW Nexi you are looking for.

        • TJWaterskier

          The LTE bands listed don’t include VZW bands.. No 700/1700/2100 love πŸ™

      • Franz

        Wouldn’t we know it way before your friend? A new Verizon Nexus would probably require a new stop at the FCC because of the new addition of bands.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Oh I know that it probably would require that also, so I very much assume this is not a Verizon Nexus, Just having her say that on Friday and then this? I want to Believe!

          • Franz

            I don’t. Verizon has to change their entire culture if they want to embrace another Nexus device. Nexus and Verizon’s culture just don’t match. So until they learn, I don’t want my precious Nexus devices anywhere near that horrible company, who the only thing they have going for them is spectrum,

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Sadly, with the amount of travel I do, I need their spectrum to stay connected. Unless someone else can match their coverage, I don’t have a lot of choice. I love my GNex and just wish I could get an updated one on Verizon. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

      • Blue Sun

        A Verizon employee trying to get you to not switch carriers “for a few months?” Hmm, sounds fishy to me.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Oh she knows I’m not leaving Verizon unless T-mobile gets their coverage fixed. She just loves her iPhone and tries to make fun of my aging Gnex.

      • Dan DeMarco

        Yeah sorry, nothing against your friend but she doesn’t know a lick, nor have any “inside” info, especially if she works in the retail channel. Us frequent blog readers and tech nerds will know from the FCC first before an in-store rep does. I’m only saying this because I am one of those retail channel workers. πŸ™‚

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Oh I know that. Hence why I point out I’m guessing she is trolling me. Doesn’t stop me from wishing it weren’t true!

    • ITGuy11

      It can’t be, it is missing 10 vzw logos…

      • michael arazan

        In Order To Get a VZW Nexus, they’ll just Tattoo the logo on your Forehead

      • artsr2002

        On this one, there will be a permanent VZW logo watermark on the screen.

    • Adrynalyne

      Wrong shade of red.

      • Tim242

        Not to mention at&t and sprint get most red phones

    • Rammstein

      LOL. If only the red Nexus 5 box had the Verizon LTE bands πŸ™

    • Rodeojones000

      Came here to (jokingly) suggest the same thing.

    • John Legere

      I don’t see any branding.

  • Thomas O’Brien

    Looks Sweet!