Galaxy S4 Black Edition

Pitch black GS4s come with 100 percent less glossy plastic

Perhaps our biggest gripe with the Samsung Galaxy S4 — in hardware terms, at least — was its glossy, plasticky back cover. The S4's rear panel was a magnet for fingerprints and smudges, and just didn't feel very nice in the hand. So imagine our delight this morning to see the device above — the "black edition" Galaxy S4, sporting a soft-touch, leather-effect back like the Galaxy Note 3.

The "black edition" Galaxy S4 and a similar Galaxy S4 Mini have appeared on Samsung's Russian website, and aside from the external differences their hardware is identical to the LTE-capable GS4 and GS4 Mini sold in Europe. However the difference in feel between the regular S4's glossy plastic and the matte, faux-leather backs found on other Samsung devices shouldn't be underestimated. And we're more than a bit jealous that these murdered-out GS4s haven't appeared outside of Russia yet. (We've reached out to Samsung for details of any wider international launch plans.)

According to Russian blog Hi-Tech, the black GS4 will sell 22,990 roubles ($650), while the GS4 Mini will cost 15,990 roubles ($460). Both are reportedly scheduled to launch in February.

Source: Samsung Russia; via: GSMArena, Hi-Tech

 
There are 48 comments

Jamaar White says:

I wonder what the negatives of a REAL leather back would be? It seems like a good premium look/feel.

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ErnstMach says:

You'd have an extremely expensive phone ala Porsche Design BlackBerry expensive. Mostly because the leather would have to be fitted to each phone, probably by hand.

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jayjay234 says:

I think white leather would be extremely prone to stains.. on the other hand i think real black leather would be extremely sexy

ErnstMach says:

Soooo, why not sell it here in the states too?

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XavierMatt says:

I wonder what their next generation of devices will feel like in terms of hardware. Gs5 with fake leather back??? Pitty.

Verge FanBoi

pineypl says:

Like the old BlackBerry Bold 9000! Awesome,that will be sweet.

eahinrichsen says:

I agree, although I think the original Bold 9000's "leather" back had a nicer, slightly more supple (ugh, I hate that word, but it fits) feel to it than the GN3's back.

I think to this day, of all the phones I've had, the Bold 9000 felt the best in the hand.

Vicky Sofyan says:

Wow, i want that back cover!

mrbanks says:

i want that wallpaper. i must have that wallpapper

cwfranklin2 says:

Me too! Anyone know where to find it?

Yup I came here to comment that as well. Need it.

On that phone we don't have right now :P

NoNexus says:

Google 'Samsung chess peice wallpaper' and their are a few nice ones

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justafew says:

I found the image using Google Image Search, but unfortunately it’s not free.

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/black-chess-pieces-on-chess-boar...

I have the image if you want it

David Horgan says:

Come to state side!

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newboyx says:

I bet there backs will be available separately and fit the current GS4s. Similar to how you can already buy "regular" replacement backs.

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K White1 says:

Samsung needs to stop with the faux leather, not add it to more devices.

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Jay Holm says:

You don't think it adds a premium look to it?

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jayjay234 says:

what's the problem? It's so much better than glossy back. don't tell me you want a metal casing..

K White1 says:

Personally, I'll never buy a fake leather anything, not even a smartphone. I'm sure lots of people don't mind, though. It is premium-looking, I guess.

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SirBobaFett says:

Don't think of it as fake leather. Think of it as textured plastic.

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Jay Holm says:

Sounds like a "girl thing" to me.

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newboyx says:

I don't think it does much for the looks (I generally am looking at the front of my phone), but it feels so much better to hold than the craptacular slick plastic they normally use.

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NoNexus says:

No they need to add it to more.

I liked the feel of the SGS3/4, no matter what the "must have metal" crowd says, but this on the Note 3 really has a great feel, and the black looks good (the white a little less).

Easy grip, no fingerprints, no scratch & dent... win/win.

Taz89 says:

Not really a fan of the glossy back though the hate is ott, for me it gets slippery.. I would love a matte back though. Thinking of getting a 3rd party replacement back off eBay, has different finishes from carbon to aluminium. Just a bit hesitant on how the fit will be.

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NoNexus says:

I have done it before and the fit was fine (your mileage may vary). I really would not want a metal back/phone, but to each his own. Carbon would not be bad depending..

K White1 says:

NoNexus, I'm not a part of the "must-have metal" crowd. However, I just can't with this faux leather, and I own many Samsung products. You and everyone else can buy all of the fake leather phones, bags, wallets, etc. that these Asian companies are selling, but not me.

And I'm not about to Jedi mind trick myself into thinking faux leather is special, or textured plastic, like the guy above suggested. Again, if other people like the products, and don't mind, that's fine with me. There are lots of great options available, even for "girls."

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NoNexus says:

It feels more like the soft rubber kind of back, and looks good (in black). If it was called textured rubber, the opinion would be different.

mtmerrick says:

if you've actually handled a samsung product with the "fake leather" you would know that is it is absolutely nothing like leather at all. it feels like soft, textured plastic. it looks like soft, textured plastic. you can't feel the "stitching" unless you're really thinking about it, and, in person, neither looks nor feels like stitching at all.

its plastic. just way nicer plastic than they've ever used before.

SirBobaFett says:

But it is textured plastic. No jedi mind trick required.

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K White1 says:

I'm not sure what the issue is here. Pleather, vinyl, faux leather, textured or rubberized plastic; whatever you guys want to call it, my opinion remains the same. What's important is that owners of the devices are satisfied.

And admittedly, I only briefly handled the Note 3, during Christmas time. When the sales person informed me that the back was "thick, faux leather," I had seen enough.

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Jay Holm says:

Interesting! Possibly an indication of the S5's design?

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TheMimic12 says:

I certainly hope so.

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jayjay234 says:

oh god i want one

Joel E says:

Im just still upset that the original S4 wasnt pitch black on the front or back. This original 'black mist' foolishness is annoying. One min its kinda black, another its grey, another its navy blue..

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dadathepanda says:

Just had the back plate of my gs3 covered with matte black vinyl and if feels different in hand... no more slippery back cover and it looks better.

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cowboys2000 says:

I put my Artic Blue in a Seido case day one. No need for a different back.

Why not offer various colors at launch if that is the plan? It seems that carrier exclusive colors and mid model color changes are used to spur sales.

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MarkSeven says:

Looks nice..

Jeff Bair says:

It would be a no-brainer for Sammy to offer this for purchase and make it available in all GS4 colors. A bonus would be to also include wireless charging as an option.

Taz89 says:

This is taking the mick, would love to have had the choice to buy this originally.

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AshishPilote says:

Black looks so slick ! Droid-bug.tk

DaFonZisBack says:

All hail Samsung and their glorious productions.

posted with a galaxy note 3. h8ers gon' h8. live2win#swagface#switchedOn*_*

rampage1979 says:

You must be related to Mr Yarell.

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It's just the beginning.

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This would feel better to touch, imagine holding a metal phone in Russian winter

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bendjedou2 says:

best samsong s4 jest 385$
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