By Stephen Schenck | February 5, 2014 1:17 PM
The Galaxy S 5 may be so close we can nearly taste it by now, but Samsung’s not letting a little thing like the launch of a new flagship distract the company from squeezing every last drop it can out of last year’s model. It’s seemed like every few months since the GS4 first launched, we’ve been seeing new spins on the hardware released: from fully independent models like the GS4 Zoom or Active, to Google Play editions, and even versions running new SoCs to support LTE-A networks. Last week we checked out the latest Galaxy S 4 models to emerge, a full-sized and mini version sporting the Galaxy Note 3′s faux leather design. Today we continue down that path, with some new GS4 hardware launching in South Korea.
Samsung has revealed three new GS4s sporting this same Note 3 look, all destined for South Korea. One is a black model superficially similar to the one we saw last week, though support for LTE-A implies the presence of a Snapdragon 800, rather than another 600. There are also two new rose gold models (above), one white and one back, and again showing this new Note-3-esque design.
Do such late-in-the-game launches of new GS4 models mean that Samsung isn’t feeling super confident about the incoming Galaxy S 5? Could it suggest that even with a GS5 launch event just weeks away, actual retail availability could still be months off? Or will Samsung continue to keep pouring out new GS4 models until the end of time, regardless of any new flagships? It sure feels that some days.