Samsung Galaxy S4 adopts Note 3 leather look, hints at S5 styling
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition steals the Galaxy Note 3's faux-leather styling, perhaps pointing to a new look for the Galaxy S5.
The new Black Edition of the S4, as you might expect from the name, boasts a black case. The S4 is currently available in red, white or two shades of blue.
But the new look is more than just a new paint job: the Black Edition is the first S4 to replace the shiny, glossy plastic back of previous models with a leather-effect back, complete with fake stitching. The glossy casing took stick for looking a bit cheap, although we should note that it's certainly sturdier than glass and less prone to scratches than metal.
With the S4's sequel the S5 rumoured to be less than a month away, perhaps this is a hint that the new phone will also be decked out in Note-worthy fake leather too.
The Black Edition has been officially revealed in Russia, but there's no word on a UK release yet.
Also shown off in Russia this week are new versions of the Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame Lite and Galaxy Trend decorated with flower patterns, dubbed LeFleur editions.
There's also a faux-leather black version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The Mini is itself the first of a selection of S4 spin-offs, including the waterproof S4 Active and photography-focused S4 Zoom, not to mention the Google Edition S4 running stock Android.