Samsung announces new 'Black Edition' of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini with faux-leather backs

Ever true to tradition, South Korean Samsung has gone ahead and released yet another new version of its existing Galaxy S4, but also the smaller Galaxy S4 mini. Dubbed 'Black Edition', the very name leave little to the imagination -- these are two onyx-black handsets. 

Despite Samsung's insistence of flooding the market with numerous combinations of its products, we're truly not complaining this time around, as the duo looks pretty sleek, and the company has actually thrown in a little surprise. Late adopters of its two handsets can now sample Sammy's new 'big thing' in design -- faux-leather backs. First seen in the Galaxy Note 3, these shells are obviously plastic, but they're a rather convincing copy -- there's a good imitation of stitching on the sides, and the texture looks quite believable. That is, until you touch it, of course. We know that the community is mostly split on Samsung's new ornamentation of choice, but it actually feels like an improvement over the fingerprint-happy glossy plastic of old.

But on the inside, there are no surprises. The two devices, put simply, are the exact equivalent to your regular Galaxy S4/Galaxy S4 mini, meaning a 5-inch, 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and a 13-megapixel camera in the case of the former, and a 4.3-inch, qHD (540x960) screen, a dual-core Snapdragon 400, and an 8-megapixel rear shooter for the latter.

For the time being, it appears that the new editions will only hit Russia next month for $660 (Galaxy S4) and $460 (Galaxy S4 mini). There's no word on international availability, but given Samsung's track-record, we'd expect those to make an entry in other markets sooner rather than later.

source: Samsung [1], [2] via SamMobile

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Galaxy S4 mini
  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1900 mAh
  • OS Android 4.2.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI




Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I like the look of this. hope they carry the design over to the s5.

17. Krjal

Posts: 448; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

If this had been in the launch lineup I would've got an S4. I couldn't stand, and still can't, the weird spotty wallpaper look body on the S4s when they came out.

16. GeekMovement unregistered

It looks awesome. It would've looked almost perfect without the camera hump on the back, but yeah like the first comment, we're all going to look forward to the Galaxy S5 now unless this comes at a cheaper price.

15. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Samsung is just trying to pry a couple bucks more from the GS4, before the succesor launches. I really love Sony's aproach with a black front and colorfull back, wish Sammy would have done it with their remuvable back covers - Pack a black white red blue green and yellow, into some "Colorfull edition" and sell...

14. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I got a faux leather battery cover for my Galaxy S4 on eBay for about $5. Looks great. Too bad Sammy didn't do it this way all along.

11. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Looks really awesome, why only now you release this??

10. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't wait to see the" gadget spam" headline for this story at BGR. Nothing changed except the color/texture of the back cover, but they'll report it like its a new model.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And less than an hour after I posted this, the gadget spam headline was up.

8. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This looks like a Little Tint from Samsung that Leather Battery covers will be there Trend on there Top Class Phones,Black S3 was Brilliant,but the S4 was not so Good,an now to Offer it on the S4 with the galaxy S5 on the way.might be,money wasted by Samsung

7. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Hope this colour is available at launch for the s5

6. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Hope this colour is available at launch for the s5

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012 this is sexy S4....why samsung why????why you delayed this..

4. ReaperChief

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

IF they had launched a BLACK edition of a smartphone everytime they actually launch a device, more people would have been happier with it than with a GRAY phone.. I would swap my GS4 with this one anytime of the day if I could do it..

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That is stunning! Wish they had released it like that originally!

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Samsung is wasting time for this phone, they should've focus on S5.

1. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Way too late Samsung. Many people would rather wait for S5 than buying this thing.

9. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Thats true. Samsung needs to change the phone and it's design not the colour.

12. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

But it looks nice though, I was surprised about how real the faux-leather looks and feels on the note3 and I was hoping that Samsung release a back cover with the same material for the S4 but not a new version of the phone itself :/

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