As previously leaked, Verizon has a new mahogany hue for its Samsung Galaxy S4, and it's also showing up on Best Buy's site. The 16GB brown version is now available online only, at the same $199 on-contract and $649 off-contract prices as the black and white versions. But wait, those preview shots on the Verizon home page look a little... off.

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Compare the brown in the screenshot above to the much more subtle brown in the Evleaks press shot, to say nothing of the fact that only the front of the device is actually brown. The back looks identical to the black color that's been available since launch. Which is the right one? Verizon's shots don't inspire a lot of confidence, because they look like renders instead of photos (and not particularly good renders at that - zoom in to check 'em out). Best Buy has the Brown Autumn color listed, and the photos there match the previous leaks, brushed brown on black.

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Also, check Samsung's listing of Verizon phones, and you can see the new brown color in the lineup. The image there matches the leak, not the renders on Verizon's site.


We're not trying to score a "gotcha" on Verizon or anything, but a few customers might be somewhat put off by receiving something noticeably different from what's described. I'm sure there's someone out there who is very serious about the precise shade of brown on their phone. And someday, I want to meet them.

Source: Verizon, Best Buy, Samsung

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Roberto Giunta

    Maybe Verizon should take its press shots from Evleaks, I heard that's a popular thing to do lately.

  • Anthony Restaino

    It's hilarious that Evleaks is more reliable than the companies that made the products.

    • Mike Harris

      If Verizon makes the Galaxy S4, I'm definitely not getting one. I thought it was still Samsung.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      "sell the products" FTFY

  • Chris Holt

    This will no doubt upset many Zune owners. :p

    • enoch861

      I wish I still had my brown Zune...
      I might buy one again just for kicks.

  • Armus

    Armus' Adage: The bigger a corporation is, the greater the propensity to screw up their products and over their customers.

    • enoch861

      This literally reminded of Accounting in highschool...
      haha... Marginal Propensity to screw up.

  • BigDeeNY99

    I dont understand why companies bring out colors weeks and sometimes months after the phone came out...Makes no sense.. Drop all colors at once... Give the consumer a choice day one.

    • hoosiercub88

      Because not all consumers purchase a phone the day it comes out like a lot of us enthusiasts. I know people that, not long before the S4 came out, bought an S3 and were tickled to death with it.

    • moosc

      Why show all your cards, when sales start slowing you pull a attaboy and give another color or even a device with extra large battery in it.

  • Wanderer

    Don't matter wot colour they bring out, it's irrelevant, I own an s3 and wouldn't change it for an s4, by the way mine is a pebble blue and am very happy with it, the s3 is a powerhouse.