Jan 31st, 2014


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]