New leaked photos show unboxed Google Nexus 5

Leaks are continuing to pour out concerning the possible launch of Google's latest smartphone, the Nexus 5, with the latest photos purporting to show one of the devices being unboxed by an employee of an unknown company.

The photos were leaked to the forum overclockers.co.uk, but removed after the leaker apparently feared for his job. The availability of boxed-up Nexus phones suggests that the rumoured release date of 1 November could be a reality, as it's rare for the shipments to be made more than a day or two before the general release.

The leak comes amid other signs of preparation for a big release.

An anonymous source told ITProPortal that the announcement could come as early as tonight.

This is after weeks of speculation and rumour. On 28 October, Google announced that most of its primary apps, such as Gmail, Hangouts, Drive and Google+ would all be updated so that they are compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat, and multiple renders and stills of the upcoming phone have been released online.

Pictures of warehouses full of boxes that supposedly contain Google's latest phone have also made their way onto the Internet.

Rumours about the potential release date have been circulating ever since the notorious leaker @evleaks posted rendered stills of the Nexus 5 in white, with the laconic message "In white. 11/1."

@evleaks has a strong track record of correctly guessing launch dates, and leaking images of phones before they're released.

According to specs leaked onto the Google Play store, it's expected that the smartphone will cost $349 (£216) for the 16GB iteration of the device.

Rumours also point to a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 16 GB or 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of memory, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2,300mAh battery. The device's 4.95in screen is expected to support a full 1080p resolution.

It's been widely speculated that Google has orchestrated at least some of the many leaks that have come out over the last month, in an attempt to drum up anticipation and intrigue ahead of a surprise launch.

One thing's for sure: it's certainly grabbed a lot of headlines.