The Nexus 5 smartphone from LG and Google is nearly here. With reports, leaks, and official sightings coming daily. Someone up in Mountain View pulled a fast one last night and put the brand new, still unannounced Nexus 5 smartphone up on the Google Play Store. Revealing the device will start at $349 for the 16GB model, and likely go up to $399 for the 32GB variant.
Today though we’re getting one more clue just days (or hours) before Google announces the new device. The Nexus 5 has leaked on Google+ in a rather bland blue retail packaging, similar to the Nexus 7 box, showing off the full retail look of Google’s new smartphone. That isn’t all either. The device is white. It looks like Google could launch both a white and black variant at the same time.
This doesn’t surprise us however, as Google released a White Nexus 4 as well, it just didn’t arrive on launch day. Looking at this leak we’re expecting Google to drop both a white and black model of the new Nexus 5. So two color models, and both a 16 and 32GB storage option. Now all we need to know is if the rumor of a model with a larger 3,000 mAh battery is real, if Verizon will be supported, and when we can buy one.
Another reason this retail package showing a white Nexus 5 isn’t all that much of a surprise is because we saw it months ago. In one of the first clear photos of Google’s new device we received a look at the back of the black model, and a hint of the white edition sitting on top, as you can see below.
Looking at the device on top, you can clearly see the two-tone white and black color option. Just like the Nexus 4 it appears Google will have the matte black version we’ve seen for months, as well as a two-tone white model with a black front fascia. It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting an all white model, but for those who want options, Google should have them come launch day.
At this point it’s merely a waiting game. With the Nexus 5 seemingly out in users hands being tested, retail packaging fully assembled and ready to be delivered to customers doors and hands, and now the Play Store ready to rock a release date should be coming any day now. The hype train needs to stop, and a release date needs to arrive.
The latest word according to rumors out of the @KitKat Twitter account are saying the 21st, which is starting to seem realistic given all these leaks the past few days. Otherwise we’re still looking at a late October announcement, with availability in November.