By Stephen Schenck | October 28, 2013 3:06 PM
The Nexus 5 has been hanging over us for weeks now, threatening to launch at nearly any moment. So far, none of the specific dates that have been named managed to pan out, but rumors aren’t done with this phone yet, and the most recent cry has been naming November 1 for the handset’s ultimate debut. As we wait to see what this week will bring, and if that indeed means the arrival of the Nexus 5, some retailers are getting a head start on the action.
First there was Belsimpel in the Netherlands, which put up a product page for the Nexus 5 and appeared ready to accept orders. It advertised both the black and white editions of the phone, but the company has since backed away from this listing, removing graphics and unlinking it from the rest of its site; presumably, the page unintentionally went live a few days early.
Then we have a leak from an internal inventory system, courtesy of @evleaks. He describes this as coming from “a big box retailer” without naming directly it, but fans of smartphone leaks no doubt recognize the general appearance of this system, which we’ve associated with Carphone Warehouse in the past.
None of this does much to confirm a specific launch date, but it sure adds to the feeling that the Nexus 5 is finally almost ready to go live.