Samsung announces Galaxy S4 ‘Black Edition’ with faux-leather finish



Samsung has introduced a handful of international releases this week to round out their Galaxy lineup. Taking center stage is the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Black Edition. The Black Edition gives the S4 perhaps its biggest external design tweak since its launch with a faux leather back, which riffs on the design introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and newer Samsung tablets.

The look is complete with leather grain and mock stitching, giving the S4 a nice premium look. We haven’t been the biggest fans in the world of the design choice by Samsung, but it’s nice to see the company experimenting with finish options. Hopefully someday that includes metal, but I digress. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition is otherwise identical to the original, featuring a 5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB RAM, and 13MP camera.

Along with the standard S4 Black Edition, Samsung also introduced the Galaxy S4 Mini Black Edition. Both devices will be available starting next month in Russia and possibly elsewhere.


In other Samsung release news, the company introduced several new La Fleur editions. These include new versions of the Galaxy Fame Lite, Galaxy Trend, and Galaxy Core.  In Poland the company unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, a device that offers S Pen input and phablet dimensions with specs that go a bit easier on the wallet. Two versions of that device — 3G and LTE — will be available.  Both include a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB RAM, and an 8MP camera. The 3G version sports quad-core processing while the LTE edition gets hexa-core silicon. The Note 3 Neo will se a global launch next month.


[via Samsung Poland, Samsung Russia, 2]

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  1. Another Samsung flood is coming

    1. nokia flooding the market with wp and they killed their selfes

      1. I like to say they did but i still want a windows device jst to see how the other half lives

  2. That S4 does look sexy all blacked out.

    1. I have an S4 and like it, but this looks like the cheap pleather it is.

      1. i actually prefer this fake leather over the regular materials.

        1. Agree. I love it on my Note 3. Device isn’t slippery & best of all you don’t have to worry about scratches.

          1. I don’t mind the look of the stitched back, but I wish Samsung would offer actual leather backplates. They could look different with different grains and dyes…not to mention Sammy could charge a premium.

        2. It’s an improvement, it retains the advantages of being plastic but has better grip and doesn’t show fingerprints or scratches as easily as the glossy back cover.

      2. Pleather. What an amusing word, haha.

    2. That’s what I’m saying!? I’m not all in for the leather back, but the front is looking mighty nice. I’d hate to throw a case on this phone. That’s how nice it looks.

      I don’t have a case on my HTC One because it looks nice. Hmm…

      Leather vs Aluminum? I think Samsung should stick with *leather*. I like the way their phones are looking with it.

    3. The black Galaxy S4 always looked Sexy, still one of the better looking phones on the market.

  3. Ugly imo, my One X is still more sexy hehe
    Plus now it’s updated to Sense 5, it’s just silky butterly smooth. No laggy touchwiz~

    1. HTC One in Canada just got 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 ;-)

    2. Hi,

      This is a serious question, can you please help me to understand. I use Nexus devices with plain stock Android. I wonder what Sense and Touchwiz are. Are these just theme (colors, icons, …) or are they some more heavy modification (launcher, integrated apps, custom Android,…). Thanks in advance for any help.

      1. Sense and Touchwiz are heavily customized skins on top of Android. The companies make some heavy tweaks to the stock Android and throw in a bunch of gimmicky bloatware on top of it.

  4. A tad too late perhaps?

  5. Samsung, go home. And don’t come back until you have announcements about the S5.

    1. Go home, Samsung. You’re device drunk.

  6. I love how they’re claiming king.

  7. I don’t see the point… why would I buy this S4 when they’ll be announcing the S5 in two or three months? Not that it seems that it will be available to me, but still.

    1. There really isn’t a point to this. I’m guessing they have the money to burn.

  8. So… Leather is premium, this has been established. I just HATE leather. My gosh!! I refuse. I’m sorry, but no leather for me. Though the black finish on the front looks oddly nice. I’m tired of black phones, but this S4 workin’ it.

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  10. Pleather? Really?

    1. Oh, no. It’s pleather. Way better. It won’t fade or crack with age.

  11. It’s an improvement over the glossy back cover but not by allot, why not just release an official replacement backcover for existing devices?

    This is not worth releasing a new device for, then again technically it’s not new I guess.

  12. Soon there will be a thousand different galaxies on the market. Assuming there aren’t already

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