It is exactly as pictured with the color.
But, this is not what I would call hard sided.
What manufacturers call hard sided luggage nowadays is a great fallacy.
If it were hard sided like it was prior to the year 2000, the sides would not be able to be pressed in or bent in any way.
My opinion is that a few times on an airplane this would come up broken in some way.
Sorry, but I tell it like I see it.