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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini “Black Edition”

This morning, Samsung unveiled a new colorway for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini. The name they have chosen to represent this new duo is Black Edition. According to Samsung, these two devices are the “latest in an effort to build on its commitment to deliver innovative technologies with more premium design choices to consumers.” With that being said, you would expect a few new features to come packed in, right? Let’s see what’s new. 

Samsung states that each device comes with 8 exclusive wallpapers, plus exclusive ringtones and blacked-out accessories. The accessories include a black power adapter, headphones, and black data cable. To keep it all blacked out and sexy, Samsung has created special black packaging for the devices to be sold in, which is apparently quite premium looking.

Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics gave a quote about the Black Edition devices which you can read below.

As Samsung continues to expand on the modern Galaxy design approach, we’re excited to offer Black Edition versions of our popular Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini. These eye-catching and sophisticated models demonstrate Samsung’s commitment to bring consumers new ways to express their style through their mobile device.

To us, the most interesting thing about the Black Edition lineup is that each device, the S4 and S4 mini, feature a leather-like textured back just like the back that came on the Galaxy Note 3. It’s a weird touch to add on to the device so late in its life, especially since we know they are launching the Galaxy S5 this month. But hey, this is Samsung after all.

Before you start lining up outside of your local Best Buy to get yourself a murdered out S4 Mini, Samsung hasn’t announced any official markets for the devices, but only said the phones “will be available in select markets from February.”

What do you think? Cop or drop?


Via: Samsung
  • JoshHenry

    Love the technology in Samsung phones but I HATE HATE HATE the designs. Thats why I wont own one until they know how to make a more attractive, expensive feeling device. I mean whats up w/ the leather stitching on the back? gross.

  • john

    Samsung needs to stop coming out with stuff that people are really not into. Next thing you’ll see is a new color for the stratosphere, lol. Stop and just work on the GS5. We need a new UI not just new icons. Revamp the TW and work on making our upgrades better not just creating more toggles or if I blink it takes a picture. We are hungry for change and most of us are bailing ship and going to other phones instead. So step it up Samsung and enough with the damn tablets. lol.

    • Kurt Weber

      lol if you blink and it takes a picture then in all your pictures your eyes would be shut

  • jmsbwmn

    Maybe I’ll stand alone, but I really like the idea. However, there are no words to describe the magnitude of my hatred for Touchwiz, so I’ll pass on it. If Samsung were to make a phone more akin to a Moto X, I’d definitely consider it.

  • 213ninja

    it’s funny that in 2014 black phones and wires are considered “special edition” when just a few years ago like EVERY phone EVERYWHERE was black…

    That being said, i’m such a big fan of the black note 3 back, i got one for my white note 3, the texture is money imo.

  • poooof

    I would get the s4 if it didnt break in people’s pockets at random

  • Shawn John

    In other News, Apples Co-founder thinks Apple should make an iDroid.

    “There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” Wozniak said in an interview with technology news site Wired this week.

    I think that’s the only way I would even fathom getting an iPhone.



    This looks exactly like the device in a leaked pic that was being claimed yesterday as the S5 so gladly they were wrong about that one. I want to see something different for the S5.

    Also who cares if it’s released during black history month it’s not racist or a big deal except for those who try to make it that. That’s like saying Black Friday is for or because of black ppl, one has nothing to do with the other

  • diehardbattery

    Samsung is becoming nothing more than a gimmick company. It was nice in the beginning but now there’s more excuses to push their new so called “authentic” accessories. At least they’re not trying to pull any punches saying it’s “premium looking”. I suppose there’s a market for that. It seems to me that this is just another way to rub it in Google’s face after the agreement they have to start scaling back things like Touchwiz and such. Maybe the S5 will start to turn things around… we’ll see soon enough.

  • Daistaar

    I’d buy the back cover and call it a day. My S4 is already black or is it a shade of Space grey?

  • Chris

    lets get the full size wallpaper, its pretty dope

  • anezarati

    should have released this one from the beginning

  • Justin Moss

    I was expecting a black edition more akin to AMG’s exclusive Black Edition vehicles; stiffened up suspension, more horsepower, better transmission, etc, but this is kinda lame.

  • Kinda late

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Well once you go…. never mind too easy to make that joke.

  • Bassenza

    Yo I just really want the faux leather back… Can I just buy the back cover? That’d be nice.

  • jbdan

    Simple, drop. (from a long time Samsung phone fan)

  • YankInDaSouth

    Why does samsung insist on making the camera lens protrude like that?! Hated it on my N3 and was hoping they’s get away from that design on future phones

  • Shawn John

    Ha Ha ha….Samsung taking notes from the Apple business model. Interesting…

    • Adrynalyne

      Samsung has been doing this a while. Apple took a page from them with the 5C.

      • Shawn John

        True. I’m not hating, just more android phones in the eco-system.

        • Adrynalyne

          I rather there be more different devices. I have no problem with different colors and such, but do it all at once, and don’t release it like it is a new device.

  • Colton

    maybe with the premium black wallpapers, ppl will use those more, resulting in less power consumption, resulting in better battery life!! that’s the true premium feature! these guys are geniuses!

  • Droid Ronin
    • Cael

      Have they regretted anything they’ve done? [cause they should…]

    • Maxim∑

      the additional color option will destroy Samsung completely

  • Detonation

    How is a fake leather textured/stitched back a “premium design choice”. It looks cheaper than the original back.

    • Chris

      Looks. That’s all.

    • Matthew Merrick

      Well it feels about a million times better


    I’m so glad I got rid of my Note3 for a Nexus 5. I’ll never go back. Curious to see what happens to the Nexus line, though.

  • comeatmebro

    blax history month

  • AbbyZFresh

    Half the people not liking this product will also be first in line to buy the Galaxy S5. Hypocrites.

    • Adrynalyne

      Half the people not liking this product that would be buying an S5 do not like it because it is just a new color, wallpaper and ringtone on a year old phone…

      That is not hypocrisy, that is smart.

      • Tim242

        It came out at the very end of May. That’s 8 months, not a year.

        • Adrynalyne

          April, so 9 months. Point stands, whether I rounded it off or not.

          • Tim242

            End of May on Verizon. I bought it on launch day.

          • Adrynalyne

            Verizon isn’t the only carrier.

            In fact, Verizon is not mentioned in this article.

          • Tim242

            Nor is any carrier. So, you don’t know when it came out for whom.

          • Adrynalyne


            I am saying the GS4 released in April. Verizon is not the initial release.

            Anyway, this is a silly argument that you started…again.

            I am moving on.

  • Nayners

    <—-Doesn't buy Samsung, anyway…

  • Samvelavich

    Wait, this is new news? I remember hearing about this weeks ago…

  • DanSan

    so our GS4 black mists arent really black i see..

    • Nexoduss

      They definitely had some type of blue tint to them

    • JoshGroff

      I wonder if they blacked out the menu and what not like that tweak in PAC roms.

    • Cael

      Does your black mist come with premium plastic fake leather and stitching?

  • droidify

    That is hilarious. So the new features are ringtones and wallpaper? And the best name they could come up with is “Black edition”? Wow, they really spent a lot of time working on that :-/

    • Colton

      too bad we will never be able to own these premium wallpapers and ringtones.. they will remain exclusive and out of our reach forever

  • nate

    Don’t they always give you black power cords and black adapters and headphones? Lol. I feel like the same phone but all black isnt any more premium than the same phone in original colors.. Maybe just me.

    • JoshGroff

      I received a white charger with my black mist S4, maybe they invert the charging cord color from the color of the phone? (Or maybe it was just me…)

    • GiantJay

      All S4s have white accessories.

  • sc0rch3d

    oh samsung….not a good name for this phone in February. please, no jokes.

    • Nexoduss

      Made me lol

      • sc0rch3d

        I see a lot of Sammy’s communications on products come from Seoul. I’m not sure if they leverage a marketing company or even have employees in the States to consider something like this. While I get that it would take a screwed up person to negatively exploit such a loose connection between technology and racism…I’ve seen a lot worse from the internet using much less material to go on. :-/

        on the brighter side….I can’t believe this phone wasn’t released with black as a standard color. it’s sexy.

        • Blue Sun

          They have a ton of buildings, & a new US headquarters being built in San Jose, CA. That being said, you would imagine that some international relations office would screen memos like this for unintentional snafus.

    • droidify

      I seriously busted out laughing when I read that. Thanks

  • does it have a transparent dick?

    • Adrynalyne

      Haha, the new meme of 2014.

      • Philip J. Fry

        FACKWORS was so 2013. lol

        • John Legere

          I still laugh at that, haha

  • Philip J. Fry

    Here we go again…..

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    More like “BLAH” edition. More S5 Samsung!

  • Lonnie Kerchief

    Also includes a free blacked-out locked bootloader. No thanks!

    • JoshGroff

      But it’s FREE!!!

    • Jarred Sutherland


  • Ryan

    Man almost reminds be of the 5c. New color same high price tag!

  • Matt Lang

    too little too late for LAST YEAR’s model

  • Adrynalyne

    “According to Samsung, these two devices are the “latest in an effort to build on its commitment to deliver innovative technologies with more premium design choices to consumers.” ”

    At almost a year after first launch? More like an attempt to prolong sales to those who don’t mind buying aging tech.

    • John Legere

      Colors are innovating?

      • PoisonApple31

        Apple thought so with Gold

        • Adrynalyne

          At least they didn’t release it a year later.

      • scastro87

        The leather back…

        • Adrynalyne

          You mean hard plastic with a leather design on it?

      • EC8CH

        Black is technically the lack of colors…. that’s innovation!

  • Kyle Wiggers


  • Why now?

    • onDroid

      I imagine that after the S5 launch they will want to keep the S4 as a low price alternative kind of like what Microsoft is doing with the xbox 360, releasing a new version of the old device with the new device as to hit multiple price points.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Wouldn’t surprise me as they still sell the S3.

        • onDroid

          That’s the extra low cost alternative, even though it’ll still be more expensive the the Nexus 5 off contract.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I was just saying it wouldn’t surprise me as they kept selling the S3 after the S4 came out.

        • michael arazan

          S 3 is $50-free on contracts at places, the S2 was still being given out for free last summer

    • John Legere

      Possibly add chump change for more stupid advertising commercials

  • mjmedstarved

    With the S5 announcement around the corner…. NOPE!