Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition (1)

The faux leather clad version of the Galaxy S4 will be hitting more markets globally starting this month.

Following an unceremonious debut in Russia and the launch of the Black Edition of the Galaxy S4 LTE-A in South Korea, Samsung today revealed the new version of its 2013 flagship will become available in “select markets” from around the world starting this month. Along the S4 Black Edition, Samsung will roll out a new version of the Galaxy S4 Mini sporting the same look.

The Black Edition Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini ditch the glossy plastic of the original version for a more understated texturized plastic that mimics leather, which Samsung first used on the Note 3. While opinions are divided on its esthetic merits – and especially of that fake stitching – few disagree the new look is a step forward. Personally, I like the the Note 3, especially in the black version, and I am glad to see the Galaxy S4 benefiting from it.

If these things matter to you, Samsung is also packing some new ringtones and wallpapers on the Black Editions, which come in a “sleek black packaging complete with a set of black accessories including a power adapter, data cable and headphones.” Besides that, it’s the good old Galaxy S4, with its 5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 600 processor, and 2GB of RAM.

In Europe, Samsung UK said it would reveal details on the Galaxy S4 Black Edition’s availability in “due course”. That seems encouraging, but as non-committing as possible, so we wouldn’t get our hopes too high. Even if it doesn’t make it there though, the new Galaxy S5 could make for a hell of a consolation prize, don’t you think?

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.