Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition: hands-on from MWC 2014

February 25, 2014
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The newest Galaxy devices, to include the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit, as well as the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are the focus with Samsung here in Barcelona. Of course, there is much more here on display at the Samsung booth. We happened to be in discovery and wandering mode, and happened upon the Galaxy S4 Black Edition, which was unveiled earlier in the month.

There really isn't all that much to say about the Black Edition GS4. After all, the specs should be familiar at this point. What is different here is the new look. Well, more specifically, this is a new look for the Galaxy S4, but an old look for the Galaxy Note 3. This GS4 has the faux leather back with faux stitching we saw announced with the Note 3.

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This one in particular does feel a bit different in hand though. Nothing drastic, however the backing on the GS4 Black Edition seems to be a bit softer -- at least compared to the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy Note 3. Otherwise, you can still expect the 5-inch 1080p display, Exynos 5 Octa 5410 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and storage options to includes up to 64GB.

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Bottom line here, this could be a good Galaxy S4 for someone looking for a device with a bit more style. Moving past this one, as we suspect more have already dubbed the GS4 as being "outdated" and "obsolete" at this point, and we offer this reminder -- make sure to keep an eye on your MWC 2014 hub for more hands-on coverage coming out of Barcelona.


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  • Bionic

    This smooth faux leather back is a lot better looking than the hideous dimples found on the S5.

  • HARLAN P

    What is the model number of this phone? I wanna find a replacement back for it.