It’s not unusual to see the folks at Samsung introducing new color options for their already-announced smartphones, as they are trying to attract more customers and keep their smartphones popular throughout their life spawn. Well, this is exactly what happened with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini which has just received a Black Edition variant.
Russian blog Hi-Tech Mail were the first to see that a Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition has popped up on Samsung Russia website, and the same happened with a similar Galaxy S4 Variant later. Just like its bigger brother, the Galaxy S4 Mini Black Edition comes with the faux leather back lid that debuted on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition at IFA Berlin 2013 in September.
It looks like Samsung wants to use the faux leather finish on more devices of their line-up and, after the said back debuted on the Note 3 and Note 10.1 2013 Edition, the Koreans also used it for the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro tablets that were introduced earlier this month at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Black Edition and the Galaxy S4 Black Edition are identical to the standard models when it comes to technical specifications. As a refresher, the mid-range speced Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini packs a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 540 x 960 resolution and 256 ppi, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD cards support (up to 64 GB), 1.5 GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 chipset with dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. The smartphone also brings a Li-Ion 1900 mAh removable battery and all the connectivity features one could need: WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.0. S4 Mini has two cameras: one mounted on the back sporting an 8 MP sensor with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, and full HD video recording support, and a front-facing 1.9 MP shooter.
Samsung revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Black Edition will debut on the Russian market in February at a price of 15,990 rubles (about $450). For the time being it’s no information regarding the smartphone’s availability outside the Russian market, but I see no reason why Samsung shouldn’t take advantage of the more premium look of the smartphone and sell it world wide.