Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition launched in the UK, it's really expensive

Last month, Samsung confirmed that its Galaxy S4 Black Edition would be released in select markets, but it didn’t specifically mention which ones. Well, one of those markets is the UK. The problem is that the S4 Black Edition is available in the UK exclusively at Phones4U, which asks quite a lot of money for an unlocked unit: $830 (£499.89).

Since the regular Galaxy S4 can be purchased for around $540 (£325.80) in the UK, paying that much for an S4 Black Edition doesn’t make sense. What’s more, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to cost as low as £500 in the UK when it hits shelves starting April 11, so, again, getting an S4 Black Edition would not be a wise choice.

The difference between the Galaxy S4 Black Edition and the original S4 isn’t that important. The new version comes with a faux leather back cover (à la Galaxy Note 3 and Note 3 Neo), black accessories, plus some exclusive ringtones and wallpapers. But that’s it, the rest of its features have remained unchanged.

source: Phones4U via Android Central

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Well that's "really" unattractive~

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wow, that's like twice what a new Galaxy S4 costs on EBay.

27. Lolek123

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

You can buy Black Edition easily in Poland for less than £325.80. Check for price comparison. is selling BE for £306 (+51 € shipping to UK, free shipping to most cities in Poland). If you have friends in Poland - ask them :).

3. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

More of the same.

17. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I am really hoping the Note 4 comes out with a bezel-less 3 sided YOUM display.

4. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I prefer this design rather than the S5 design

15. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

This the best looking GS phone since the GS2 . I agree with you because the GS5 is just unattractive . But I am happy with my note 3 now . Note > S , end of story

5. GTX_Ti unregistered

What Sammy ?? You added a faux leather back and expect everyone to pay more for that ??

6. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

overpriced, outdated phone. not worth buying.

24. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Not outdated, just overpriced.

7. Achilis

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

This design with all the additional features and better internals S5 has would have been a better S5.

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I must admit that Samsung Galaxy series is so vast, just like the real galaxy.

16. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

-Year 2897-" "Let us travel to Galaxy S5Grandneoactivezoom"

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

You forgot CoreAdvancePlusYoungY. ;) Did I forget something? :P

9. rns122112 unregistered

You could just wait for amazon to release just the battery cover and order that if you want the faux leather back

10. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

last phone i will choose in my life .. with this price = z1 , g2 , htc one , lumia 1020

11. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

You can buy a faux leather back for the Galaxy S4 on ebay for less than 10 bucks.

12. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Seriously Samsung, you should just apply this at the S5 design, if so i guess it will be truly a sales boots, but by apply it on almost 1 year headset, some more come with such expensive price, you really are HIGH Samsung, SO HIGH

13. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

priced as silly as their snapdragon 400 wvga (800 x 480) galaxy golden ( clamshell) at HK$5800/GBP480/US$750, maybe they are trying to rip off the non tech savvy older generation

14. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

this edition of phone has been released in my Country Indonesia for a few weeks, the difference price between the original and this edition is about 600,000-700,000 rupiah ($45-$65)

19. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

latest price in my country (market, not retail): Note Pro 12.2: 850 USD Note 3 32GB LTE: 600 USD S4 32GB LTE: 520 USD S4 16GB 3G: 480 USD Note 2 16GB 3G: 430 USD 830 USD for for a damn S4 with cosmetic changes? Samsung, what is wrong with you????

20. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Wow, I didn't realise the S4 had gotten so cheap. I'm also surprised that this phone is being sold at a huge premium pretty much because of it's colour.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wow, Samsung you're going down the wrong road. Starting to behave like apple, and I don't think you've the clout to do it.

22. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Ever thought that it might be phones 4 u that have sent the price?

23. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

Bought one of these here in Switzerland, about 2-3 weeks ago. There wasn't much of a price difference (about 5-10%) compared to the regular S4

25. totally_rad

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

wtf you retards? exclusively? and have the phone for £394. you can also get the phone unlocked from germany for 394€ and from greece for 360€. READER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

26. andhraking17

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

it looks like a James bond phone.

28. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Or you could just get the S5 and still have enough money for a Hawaii vacation

29. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

black edition of S4 is very nice color and nice design than the S5. its really cool. i like it :) but too expensive!

30. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

The leather would have added that classy feeling to the S5. Samsung strike gold with the leather design, should have stick with it.

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