The Red Nexus 5 began as a rumor, but things started to appear concrete when our eyes landed on a pic of Sprint's internal documentation informing workers that the device was going to land on Google Play February 4th. Now @evleaks has shared what looks like a pretty believable press shot.


The imminent release of a red Nexus 5 still isn't guaranteed, but @evleaks has a good track record with these things. If this is what a red version will ultimately look like, it will represent another variation in the Nexus 5's color pattern. The "Panda" option only has a white back, whereas this red version has color that wraps around. Both have colored earpieces.

So if you love red, you may soon be able to pick up a Nexus 5 in that color without having to invest in a bumper case to go with it. And this could be coming to us just in time for Valentine's Day. How sweet.

Source: @evleaks

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • usaff22

    Personally I don't like the red earpiece

    • Nathan Bryant

      I agree. It doesn't contrast well like you would think so for a black on red.

      • Julio M

        White for contrast. Having a red glass would only make matter worse.

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    • jonathan3579

      That's my real only issue with this new color option. Hell, it's rekindled my curiosity and desire to have a Nexus again. (I moved from black Nexus 5 to the HTC One Max.) Now I want back.

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Consider it as a TV on standby.
      No? Don't follow still? Yeah, even I don't.
      Still fugly as shit.

    • Nathan

      Just like the white earpiece.

  • TSON1

    This seriously looks amazing. I want it.

  • Danny365

    Too vibrant for my taste.

  • h4rr4r

    I might just have to get one of these.

  • Jays2Kings

    What happened with the clock in the status bar?

    • Crispin Swickard

      How so? Looks the same as usual.

      • Jays2Kings

        IT's slightly smaller, and the font looks a little condensed
        Top is black nexus from press, bottom is red nexus from above

        • Michael J Carroll

          I'm guessing it's likely just a small mistake in the leak shot.

        • Kylecore

          On the bright side atleast you know someone didn't just photoshop it red :p

        • Crispin Swickard

          I do agree it looks like a condensed version by comparison, but depending on compression/resizing etc it can cause fonts to take on a different weight appearance, so I wouldn't put much stock into it.

    • AtiRage

      Probably render error.

    • h_f_m

      None of the marketing images are ever of real assets. It's always faked.

  • Nathan Bryant

    They should have color backs with white fronts as well.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    What's with the front facing camera lense being red also?

    • Steve Secor

      That's the earpeice.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Wait, where's the FFC then? That small lense to the left?

        • Senoy

          Yep, that's it

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Wow that's tiny

  • DarrenR

    I dont have any interest in this phone but I love the color, including the earpiece. Wish most manufacturers would make crazy colors.

  • brkshr

    I don't get why they would make the red wrap all around, but the white version is just the back (not the sides)? I don't like white phones, but I think the white version would have looked much better like this.

  • Brad

    I'm usually fine with a black phone... except my pebble blue SIII

  • alexcue

    Man, if only this meant Big Red was getting the Nexus 5. After the GNex fiasco though, it'd be hard to trust em with the Nexus brand again...

  • Stanley Chan

    Now I can see the nexus logo... Not like those awful pics... But still ugly for me. Like other user said before: Now that we know the nexus delvices will die, they need to release the Google 4 colours nexus 5 edition. Just for a last goobye to nexus.

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      We now know Nexus devices will die?...

      • Stanley Chan

        Yes, Theres a a strong rumor. Google is out of hardware market.


        • Chris

          So, some random Russian blogger is a strong source now? I'd say, if the Goog stops making Nexuses, I'll wait for their official announcement.

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          Like you said... It's still a rumor... It's not a sure thing...

  • tgooose

    It is a phone. Who cares what color it is.

  • Viral Videos

    im tired of white and black phones, would be amazing
    BUT these things could be photo shopped easily
    ill wait till its on cnet or a official source lol

    • Aooga

      lol. Cnet as an "official source". HA!

  • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    I would like a blue one please... :)

  • h_f_m

    All these non-black phones need to go all in on the color.. With the black front it looks tacky.

    They would all look better completely one color with a black earpiece. I suppose maybe since it's two different materials they can't match the colors well enough? Most likely it's too expensive to have multiple colors around the display.

    • malecslomas

      I completely disagree with you. Especially on a phone that has software keys...the black on the screen should bleed into the bezel as much as possible. Besides, the 'blankness' created by the black allows your eyes to focus more on the screen

      • h_f_m

        Apparently my opinion on the matter is unpopular. :)

        • malecslomas

          We're all entitled to our own opinion! (except, of course, when you're wrong ;) )

  • r0xp0x

    I personally think that more phone manufacturers should make more colorful phones, like what Sony did with Z1 Compact (probably others, first I can think of right now), Samsung and some of their phones, and iPhone and their C-lines.

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    Wow, that's... red. Really red.

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  • Roh_Mish

    The nexus 4 was best! The nexus 5 was a big disappointment. nothing in Stock androidandroid is good since sundar pichai

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Makes it look like a children's toy...