It's been a tumultuous ride with the red Nexus 5. At first it sounded unlikely with little more than rumors and suspect renders to go on, then multiple images appeared. The red Nexus 5 seems like a real thing now, but the date has been a mystery thus far. A tipster just provided us with a pic from Sprint's internal documentation informing employees that a red Nexus 5 will be hitting Google Play on February 4th.

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The notice seeks to remind employees they are to provide customers with the necessary UICC SIM cards for these devices from Google Play at no charge. Apparently Sprint just wanted to make sure no one was thrown off by the new color. The language of the message makes it sound like Sprint won't have the red unit in stores, which isn't surprising – both T-Mobile and Sprint only carry the black model.

It's not a sure thing, but the pieces are falling into place. You might be able to get your sweety a nice red Nexus for Valentine's Day.

[Thanks, anon]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Gabriel Melo

    Am I the only one to find this red Nexus 5 pretty ugly? The chosen tone of red seems so out of place for a smartphone. :(

    Maybe other shade of red and a combination of red and black would provide a much nicer result.

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

      I do too, but then again, I find most colors not applicable to phones, including wood.

    • ArrTooDeeToo

      I think it's ugly, too. But if it was on Verizon, I'd buy it.

    • MyLeftNut

      I'm not a fan of the color either but reds are really hard to accurately capture on film, especially when flash is used. It always appears brighter than it really is in real life. It would be nicer with some black touches thou.

    • hello

      you look pretty ugly as shit based your photo.

  • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

    Weird enough, after seeing this I regret buying a Darth Vader-colored one. But yeah, I have one and I'm happy with it so I try to don't care.

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  • usaff22

    I'm pretty sure your girlfriend/whoever you're gifting it to would prefer white or black

    • Pal

      My friend has a black Nexus 5, her favorite color is red so she said that she'll be "sidegrading" the red 5 ("I'm going in!").

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

      Notable exception: MKBHD.

      • Bluewall

        I can only agree with this

  • fixxmyhead

    just bought a black one a couple hours ago :D but im old school. cant wait, ive been phoneless since new years eve :'(

    • Bluewall

      Ha ! Lost your phone ?

      • fixxmyhead

        yea lost my nexus 4 at a new years party :(

    • redkan

      Tried to skip it across Lake Michigan?

      • fixxmyhead


  • Crispin Swickard

    Since the other colors combinations have nicknames one needs to be assigned for the Red, and black one. Licorice? (AKA the next Android version name!?)

  • cbolton97

    Looked at the headline... looked down at this...

  • Bob Hart

    Possibly the red bumper case was extremely popular prompting Google to add this color.

    I assume the front is still all black so once you put the phone in a case the color is moot.

    My wife likes the red

    My son and I are all about the tech and not the color

  • BozzyB

    It's the red phone...

  • Junior

    And Sprint carries the white Nexus 5 in stores, just bought one last week