On the evening of the 18th, Chinese tech site CtechCN began the circulation of an image representing an all-white variant of the Nexus 5, with the accompanying story that, according to a tipster, the white variant could be launched simultaneously with the black version, and presumably the version we've already seen with a white back and black front.


Tantalizing, right? The first issue with this image is the lighting. The highlights are all toward the bottom. I'm struggling to think of an instance where a new product was presented in press shots lit from below.

Noticing this lead me to check on specific highlight patterns on reflective portions of the device - namely the camera ring, Nexus logo, and volume rocker. As you may expect, each of these on the "white Nexus 5" is exactly opposite its counterpart in the original black render. So what we have above is essentially a render with inverted colors (save for the cameras, flash, and display), and slight tone adjustments. To demonstrate just how straight-forward this process is, here's a quick .gif.


While we're at it, here are a couple more options just for fun:

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No one with their hand on the pulse of Nexus season mania has likely forgotten about the leaked retail packaging we saw, which depicts a Nexus 5 with a black front, white rear, and black camera ring. Nor have readers likely forgotten the other leaked image that showed us a sliver of the white-backed N5. It's much more likely that this is the white variant we'll see released, though when it'll be released is still anyone's guess.

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It's also worth noting that the source, CtechCN, is in Chinese, and machine translation can only go so far in telling us the intent of this image. The original article does mention "PS" (presumably meaning PhotoShop), but presents the idea that an all-white Nexus 5 will, according to their tipster, launch simultaneously with the standard black version. All we can conclude is that this image is in fact not official. For now, those wanting an all-white Nexus can only continue to dream.

Update: After toying with it for a few minutes, I thought it may be fun to add in my take on what an all-white Nexus 5 might look like.


Source: CtechCN

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
    • rand

      Hi Artem,
      Do you have any information on what linux kernel version the new nexus 5 is based on. I am wondering if android 4.4 on the nexus 5 will be based on the new linux kernel 3.10

      • Bob

        So far in the leaks, we've seen the same kernel used in 4.3 - not 3.10 unfortunately...

        Then again, those videos could be months old. We will have to wait until September 27th when KitKat is announced.

        • KMaster243

          We're in October...

      • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

        Actually I doubt he will have any valid confirmation of a new kernel, otherwise they would have posted it

  • Albin Hermansson

    Good call, Liam. As always.

  • Stacey Liu

    Call me weird, but I'm kind of digging that blue one.

    • Mathias Kenting

      You are not the only one, I was thinking the exact same!

    • Albin Hermansson

      Call ME weird, but I'd love a orange one.

      • mountainloafer

        Right there with you, but a true primary orange, not hot, neon or pastel. Just orange. I like the all white idea too. This phone look like one that dbrand will have skins for all sides. So, I will most likely go with solid black and several full skins.

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        Coming right up!
        On a serious note, how cool would it be if Google eventually offered custom color combinations a la Moto X? That would almost certainly drive the price up, though.

        • Eduardo Ortiz

          This would be the perfect one but with a black face

          • http://www.whatsinthemix.com/ Mychal Hix

            I would have to agree with that, I love orange, was part of the wedding color decor, but a black face would look so much better with the orange back.

        • JonJJon

          There was a company that coloured certain phone models or kindles etc wasn't there? Can't remember the name of the company this moment but pretty sure it exists but for a nice premium of course.

      • Eduardo Ortiz

        This is even better than the orange one

        • Cesar

          So beautiful.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Dam you, iPhone 5C! Look what you've done.

      • csgabor

        By that you mean the Moto X

        • Hans Pedersen

          By that you mean Nokia... :)

          • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

            By that you mean crayons

          • Hans Pedersen

            By that you mean rainbows and unicorn dust.

          • Manu

            Let me be the first one.. I Will Call all of you weird.. :-P

        • Juliusz L

          You mean Nokia Lumia-line?

          • csgabor

            no, the nokia 3210

        • NBM

          the Moto X has _good_ colors available

          a subtle mint colored Nexus 5 would be amazing... if only the Moto X had been $450 like it should have been, I would have gladly gotten the lesser spec'd / more expensive X.

        • JohnZabbaMcLean

          By that you mean iPod touch?

      • JonJJon

        I don't like the candy/baby blue that you've mocked up (and in extension I don't like the colours the iPhone 5c come in) however I would dig a darker blue colour. Still is the white backed one likely to release at a later date, assuming it releases at all, as what happened with Nexus 4?

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          No one can know for sure, but I would guess you're right that the white-backed N5 would launch a little later.

      • Layman76

        I'm thinking more of a #33b5e5. #HOLOYOLO

    • Ian Santopietro

      I agree. Day-glo phones are sort of in right now, and I wouldn't mind a couple different color options apart from just the white and black. Maybe they're hinting at that with the blue box?

  • Jacob Serna

    Lol you guys keep giving me reasons to stop reading phandroid. Great article :)

    • CerealFTW

      I agree. Phandroid usually doesn't question leaks and rumors and just reposts them. But AP always dissects it and goes deeper into it. A perfect example was the fake 4.4 dialer screenshots

    • Morten Ulveseth

      I jumped ship from Androindandme and Phandroid, just because of the quality of the news at AP. It's really amazing following these guys.

  • navjot

    Damn now I want a colored Nexus

  • All Praise Duarte

    I WANT A #33B5E5 NEXUS!!!! That is the most #holoyolo thing I have ever been blessed enough to see. /unjerk but seriously that is an amazing idea. A slim case in that color would do the trick.

  • Patrick Tschumi

    I need this green one,i hope this colors comes also to europe.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Dat yellow Nexus.

  • Merags

    I'm tired of always having black Nexus', I want a white option, and when I say white, I mean white front & back, not one side white and the other blackt..

  • Zyre

    I would love to have a complete white version of the Nexus 5. Never liked the black front with a white back.

  • TY
    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I don't think that's the same image CTechCN was tipped with, actually. That one didn't cut out holes for the cameras or flash, part of the display got inverted, and the tones weren't adjusted at all, whereas the CTechCN version is slightly adjusted to be more subtle.

      • TY

        Sharp eyes, Liam, sharp eyes.
        The one from the first comment look more similar, though.

  • me

    though fake, looks much better all white than the white/black one

  • CA719

    I'll have one yellow one, please.

  • RitishOemraw

    This is why I think AP is the best android news site. They don't just copy other sources blindly. I saw this posted on another website that I frequent and although it seems obviously fake, they just ran with it, because they just repeat what their source told them regardless of whether it is true or false.

  • gadget_hero

    I wish that Google would push the carriers to get ALL of them on board with Moto Maker.

    • Hans Gruber

      ...didnt ATT actually get exclusivity?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      My understanding is that AT&T got initial exclusivity, with MotoMaker to expand at a later date. This isn't necessarily because other carriers don't want it, just that AT&T wanted it first.

      • gadget_hero

        Ya but its not a permanent exclusivity. It seems Verizon (via Droid Life leaks) is next and Sprint PR mentioned they would have more news by the end of the year.

      • h4rr4r

        Which is how Moto is killing themselves and has been for a while. Making something like this exclusive just kills of a lot of customer desire that is not on AT&T. People on other carriers are now free to ignore a huge selling point. By the time this later date comes the Moto X will be old news.

  • CuriousCursor

    The original was posted on reddit a few days ago.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Do you have a link handy? I know there was one white image posted on a link to our story about the Play Store image, but that one is a different image from what CTechCN was given.

      • First Time

        Did you photoshop yours? If so im wondering if you how excactly because I used overlay layers and color dodge layers on these, http://imgur.com/a/CadOm

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          Yep I used PhotoShop in this instance. It's actually even easier than you describe. Here's my general process for these images.
          -Take the press shot we got the other day
          -Put it on a new layer on top of whatever background you want
          -Duplicate it
          -Select the display and delete it from the top layer
          -Select the camera, front camera, and sensors (if you want), and the camera ring if you want as well, then delete all those from the top layer.
          -To get white, just open the channel mixer to monochromatic and adjust accordingly
          -To color that, go to Hue/Saturation, colorize, and adjust to whatever you want.

  • Brian Walker

    Next, every Android news outlet is going to start sharing your mockups and it will hit the internet as a large rumor.

  • Jadephyre

    Even though it's fake, this is what I imagine a white N5 to look like, either completely white, or stick to just black.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    Looks like shit, the black one looks a whole lot better.

    • danishdhanshe

      Your shit is white?

  • NinoBr0wn

    I'd rather have a black front anyway. You can't get that disappearing screen effect with a white border.

  • h_f_m

    I still like the black one the best.

  • Asimoalex

    I'd take a red one

  • Lotus

    Im going crazy with that purple nexus 5 ! !! Wtf !! Hahaha

  • WhiteOne

    Oh, cool! Your white one looks like the other white one!

  • Arcest

    Chinese have a lot of fakes and replicas

  • Kree Terry

    Gotta say the white doesn't look too bad, although i dont think ill ever own a white phone.

  • OmniWrench

    My 3 year old came in while I was reading this and is now rather adamant that Daddy needs a "new red phone like the picture".

    ... and damn you I kind of agree with him...

  • John Motschenbacher

    i want the blue one!!!!

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    So, here's how this happened.........

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Hi Liam. Could you please provide me the png of the last mockup image (i.e. the "my take" without the grey background)? I could use that in some of my app mockups.

    I had seen this "white" version in the comment section in DroidLife last week. It was immediately apparent that it is a color invert version.

  • Artifex

    Your render is definitely closer to reality, handles the highlights and shadows better.

  • Luis Amador

    what about a brown one for the chocolate color of kitkat?

  • Cesar

    My only hope in terms of color is that the purple-ish one that showed up in the service manual becomes commercially available. I really liked that color.

  • Dt Bell

    Could you imagine leaving a matte white phone in the hands of a 4yo with a box of crayons?

  • cyrusso

    I read the article on ctechcn as I can read Chinese.
    It basically says the image is provided from someone who claimed that it's from official source. This guy had provided quite a few valid leaks in the past so it basically means a white nexus 5 might be launching and might do so at the same time with the black one starting from the 16gb version. So it may not be a product of photoshop. Of course ctechcn itself cannot confirm this leak but they are just saying as the leak provider had been trustworthy in the past so it is highly possible.

  • jackophant

    The other colour renders are a little pastel for my liking, but I wouldn't say no to a different colour phone, just as long as the front panel is black.

  • JayQ330

    I think that Google would be smart to go the moto x direction with their future nexus phones phones, look at how well it's fine for the moto x! And just imagine if nexus 5 came in ask those colors, it'd be to good to be true/receipt that if wish they did the to good & it's true instead.