Google has long offered Nexus devices in black, with only occasional white options. The Nexus 5 is the first one that has been available in both colors from the start. Perhaps because of this, rumors of different colors for the Nexus 5 have been circulating for a while now, but a new cache of photos is the best evidence yet that a red version of Google's flagship is on the way. However, there are still some concerning aspects of these images.

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At first glance, these look legit. The box art is a little different, but it wouldn't be much trouble to tweak it to show off a new color. At the same time, it looks to have all the right markings. However, it is strange that the red N5 would have the color extended onto the sides, which isn't the case with the white version.

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The thing that gives us pause is that several of the IMEIs are visible in the photos. When looking up those numbers, none of them currently point to a Nexus 5. They are all connected to an old Samsung feature phone. That's odd, but all the IMEIs (unique numbers) point to that same phone, which would be a bizarre thing for a hoaxer to bother with. Something about the IMEIs is wonky, but the consensus around here is that they are real. One way or the other, these phones look ready to sell. If they're the real thing, it shouldn't be long now.

Update: We have more pics courtesy of +Anton Chernov. This is looking pretty real now.

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[+Anton Chernov, ChimeraRevo – Thanks, @artyomstar]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

    For the record: the IMEI and packaging inconsistencies, along with low-quality photos, a changed approach to the case pattern, and some issues with the source, lead me to think that these aren't legitimate. I'm very much in the minority here.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      ...aaaaaand I'm wrong.

  • Dododo

    Google and product refreshes... have it at launch!!!

    • aSquard

      I like the fact Google/LG are making more colours, but HAVE THEM CLOSER TO LAUNCH. That goes for the other OEMs also

  • Mayoo

    Better get ready

    • aSquard

      HA HA! Thank you for this!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      RIP Porkins

  • RozJC

    I'm not convinced by these.

    The red looks too uniform. As if someone has gone into photoshop (or even paint) and used the "Fill" feature.

    But if I'm wrong, then sweet. Red is a nice colour to have.

    • Martha Walker

      Note the red shadow on the edge of the box (the lower row), no one is going to fake that.

  • Eli Shirk

    Red isn't really my thing. Unless the red means it can be activated on Verizon's network I'm not really interested.

  • tb1

    This is ugly.

  • wicasa pa

    These are absolutely real. Note the red shadow on the edge of the box (the lower row), no one is going to fake that.

    • Andres Schmois

      I agree it's probably not in someone's interest to fake small details, but then again there's a lot of people with a lot of time on their hands that CAN do the small details. So it's still possible it's fake. It's not absolutely real, but it's not absolutely fake either.

    • shonangreg

      The big black lens has a red tint to it, and it is too far from any other red area to be jpeg artefacts like the reddish tint of the white packaging near the edge of the phone.

      It looks like a red tint was applied over the whole thing and then erased from the LED. I don't know what the bright red dot on the face is.

    • RozJC

      I must be blind....I can't see this shadow you're talking about... =/

  • O’s Fan91

    What I would point out is that the packaginf for the white white Nexus 5 was different from the all black Nexus 5 in that it showed a side shot of the phone (to show off the white backing) in addition to the front view of the phone. I would think that if Google would release other colors, the pictures on the packaging would resemble that of the white Nexus 5.

    • Joel

      That's only because the white nexus 5 has black sides. This red one appears to have red sides. Look at the white Nexus 7 box.

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

    I don't know if these are real, but we had a source tell us before the color leaks started about a bright red color N5 (and maybe N7) coming in time for Valentines Day this year. Things are starting to align nicely with that rumor.

    • WORPspeed

      Did I mention how I just LOVE AndroidPolice?
      Any chance AP is doing a valentine's Red N5 giveaway for me to win?

      • Kostas

        or a giveaway that I can be the only participant

        • Gladson S.

          too funny...but totally how I feel as well.

  • WORPspeed

    Anyone want a slightly used White Nexus 5 32GB for 300 dollars?
    I always had black phones (and will always have phones with black bezel or no bezel on the front) but with the Nex5 I had the chance to pick something different. I went with white and though initially bummed out, I really love that I didn't pick black again (wouldn;t even want to trade it for a new black one at this point)

    But before I settled on the white one I had hopes that Google would release a Kitkat Red version (as part of a promo)
    Sadly when launchday came I got the white one only to find out red is now coming out :(

    Why do they do this to me? Why is Google toying with my emotions? Don;t be evil my butt!
    Must have Red N5, so AP doing a giveaway anytime soon? :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    • joe

      I might be interested in that ...

      • WORPspeed

        see my reply below

    • joe

      define 'slightly used' .. what carrier do you have? send me emails ciljoe2000s@yahoo dot com

      • WORPspeed

        Define slightly used. Ordered it the moment it went live. But didn't get to use it till it got shipped to the adress in the US, then shipped to my address in the Netherlands. Carrier: Tele2 (dutch carrier)

        Condition: apart from a small dent in the bezel;that I only notice when the light hits it exactly right causing it to reflect into my eye I can see no other signs that it was used.

  • Anton Chernov
    • EH101

      Looks real to me, just with a bad camera quality. Looks like what I'd expect from my old Galaxy Nexus with the flash turned on.

  • Tony Byatt

    I really want to believe...

  • blahmoomoo

    If this is real, why is the front camera red? I'd think having red around the camera would cause pictures in some light to be tinted red due to reflection off the inner side of the glass. It also looks out of place.

    EDIT: unless that's the earpiece for the phone. In which case, never mind. Still looks out of place though.

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

      That's the earpiece. On the white version, it's white.

  • jedivulcan

    It'd kind of be cool if they did a limited edition run of Nexus 5 in their corporate colors; blue red, yellow, and green.

  • Samvith V Rao

    As red as the devil's asshole

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    if it's true i'll buy it red. like AS Roma <3

  • ProductFRED

    That looks so fake. They just applied a red filter over the whole back. Even the lens has a red tint...

    • andy_o

      That's just the translucent plastic cover, apparently they made it red here. You can even still see the white flap to take it off.

  • Nathan


  • http://www.lukeharper.co.uk/ Luke Harper

    Guess it matches the KitKat packaging haha.

  • Frank Lopez

    too bright

  • Stanley Chan

    OMG so photoshoped... U cant even see the nexus logo behind... Totally sprayed in red facepalm.jpg

  • Marcell Lévai

    Pssst, the black one is faster. Oh wait...

  • Andras Juhasz

    These are fake, maybe white Nexus 5s with some color tool.

    1.) The IMEI numbers are blacked out, but a normal leaker would know that the barcode below the IMEIs are exactly the same sequence, just in another format.
    2.) The color tone of the camera ring is not the same in every picture.
    3.) On this image ("nexusae0_2014-01-27.jpg"), the top of the phones - with the red speaker - on the box is different in size. So that means there will be a slimmer red Nexus 5 and a thicker one?
    4.) The pictures are blurry (and it's not their original blur), look at the picture with the "nexus 5" sticker on it. Isn't the sticker sharper?
    5.) No visible Nexus logo on the back? They had the right angle for that... several times...

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Blue is better

  • Babs Oyed

    Great phone, but not good enough. Google should focus on.
    1) Excellent battery life
    2) Excellent camera
    3) Excellent speakers
    4) Much thinner, lighter and more beautiful.

  • Marcus Allen

    Hello Beautiful

  • whargharbl

    Guys, please inspect these images better. They are obviously photoshopped.

    The camera lens is dark red- why? It should be black. On the boxes it's black.
    The IMEI sticker is red- it should be white.
    The red color kinda flows into the flash, doesn't look like that on the black and white ones.
    All the images have a different quality. They've most probably fcked the quality up until you couldn't see the photoshop flaws anymore.

    Even if the rumor turns out to be true, these images are fake.

    • andy_o

      Those are plastic translucent red covers over the lens and IMEI, just like the blue ones that come with the black version.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      You're going to feel really dumb when you turn out to be wrong.

  • dj

    I just find it weird look at the side where the label is and its missing multiple barcodes, no s/n, no SKU, and unlike the other packaging for the white and black models it states nexus 5 as the model as opposed to the LG-D820 & LG-D821, and the imei sticker on the back looks clear when the one on the white and black is a white or black label and it seems to be missing its 32gb or 16gb moniker, and the plastic looks to overlap the screen , why would there be so many changes for just changing the color it seems unlikely..

  • TylerChappell

    Can someone explain to me why other than the Moto X, (which technically you might include in this rant since the wood backs weren't available at launch) that companies making Android phones can't just come out with all the color variations at launch? It drives me nuts.

  • Meo Wong

    Why such a neon red colour? Just looking at it hurt my eyes.

    But it looks like they fixed that 1/2 black rim that looked horrible on the "white" version.