It actually looks pretty hot

Mobile World Congress

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy S4 Black Edition for selected markets, and we've stumbled across one here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And you know what? It actually looks pretty darn hot! There's a lot to be said for a color change and a faux leather back.

Essentially that's what's different about it to any other Galaxy S4. Besides looking pretty fantastic, it makes a big difference to how it feels in the hand. We've never really been enamoured with the regular, glossy plastic back on the S4, but with the Note 3 style leather effect – and stitching – it feels so much better to hold.

Oh, and one more thing. The Black Edition on show here at MWC has Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board – as some folks in some places might be seeing already – and Touchwiz looks like Touchwiz. With time to really dig around there's bound to be new stuff, but to the casual eye it's business as usual.

Head on past the break for a few extra shots of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition. If only it had launched sooner. Much sooner.

There are 18 comments

mattopotamus says:

That does look sexy. For those with the note 3, how does the faux leather hold up?

I like the faux leather on my note 3 and tab pro tablets, but only in hlack, the white does not feel as nice at all

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tannerrblake says:

It's fantastic. Granted I've only had it since late December, but it hasn't worn at all and feels/looks good as new. Love the grip it provides too.

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RusticKey says:

It's still holding up, looks fine and dandy and very scratch resistant.

My device went through hell to send this message.

Maggnus says:

The pleather not only feels great but looks really elegant on my Note 3, Note 10.1 2014 edition and my Note pro

Amir47 says:

Touchwiz looks like touchwiz lol.
Seriously it has looked like that since GB.

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synchronous says:

Donde esta el S5 mane ?

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I think it will be announced at 8 pm Barcelona time.

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plunder says:

It may be a bit late as "Updates" go, but the GS4 in this form will remain on sale in most markets for at least the next year. Any texture makes a phone easier to grip, but the back does not look quite as nicely handled as it does on the Note 3. Having said that my Note 3 was in a case about 30 seconds after I opened the box!

Gozeta says:

You can buy similar leather back covers on ebay, now you got a black edition S4.....

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Zooks64 says:

Does the pleather back fit on the regular S4?

caesaro says:

yea I think would be great if we can get a our hands on the new battery cover ..... if anybody knows slap a link in the comments THX

Statusnone says:

That's no S4, that's a leaked S5...


rsadalarasu says:

Where can i get that S4 black faux leather back cover?

I want to get my bezzle changed now cause I like it!

SirBobaFett says:

Looks better than the s5, that things uuuggglllyy.

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Bibe Hames says:

Would be interesting to know what build of KitKat is on it.

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kpatel90 says:

Will the KitKat 4.4 update for this variant come anytime soon for the UK?