Developer editions of the Galaxy S4 have appeared on Samsung's site, and they have their sights set on AT&T and Verizon customers. Note, this is not the $649 Nexus-like version that Google unveiled at Google I/O. This developer edition is good for tinkerers who still want all of Samsung's software and Verizon customers who really don't have any other option if they want a Galaxy S4 with an unlocked bootloader. Variants for both carriers seem to be only offered in Black Mist color.

Update: The AT&T edition disappeared from Samsung's site. The Verizon one is still there.


While it's not unreasonably difficult to root the consumer version of the phone, there is a certain peace of mind that comes with using a device that doesn't require the hassle. Release dates haven't been unveiled yet, nor have prices, but I imagine they won't be low enough to draw any more applause than the Google I/O model received.

Sources: Samsung (AT&T, Verizon) via Phandroid

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Graham

    Will it come in sizes other than 8gb?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      It shows as 16GB for me, but even that's too small.

    • Steve Freeman

      Uhh...I'm pretty sure it only comes in 16, 32, and 64 GB. And by that, I mean positive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    Regardless of the price (which we don't know yet) , would there be any advantage of buying the one from Verizon at full price? Or is that just identical to this, but with a locked bootloader?

    • brkshr

      You are correct. All you get is an unlockable bootloader for the dev edition

    • chris125

      if you are trying to save unlimited data this is a better option. Plus wont have to worry about future updates patching the bootloader exploit.

      • sgtguthrie

        My thoughts exactly!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        Yes, saving my unlimited data is exactly why I would be buying it at full price. It seemed to me this would be the better option since it's already unlocked, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks.

  • chris125

    Maybe because of the s4 google edition for att?

  • Robert Orbin

    So is this version unlocked?

  • skynet11

    The mobile version of the AT&T page is still up http://m.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SGH-I337ZKDATT

  • Robert Orbin

    Would purchasing this version allow me to install Titanium Backup and delete any unwanted bloatware?