Samsung Galaxy Home Mini set to be unveiled in Korea on February 12

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini
Samsung Galaxy Home Mini
The Samsung Galaxy Home is a smart speaker developed by Samsung Electronics. It was officially announced alongside the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch on August 9, 2018, but as of the start of 2020, which has yet to be commercially released. The speaker features the Bixby voice assistant and can be activated by saying “Hi Bixby”. Its functionality is similar to that found on mobile devices such as the Note 9. The Galaxy Home can adjust its sound to adapt to its environment and also features Sound Steer, a Bixby voice command that allows the device to identify the location of the user in the room and better direct sound, The speaker features SmartThings Hub integration, allowing it to control other smart home appliances compatible with the Samsung SmartThings platform. Samsung Korea accidentally posted an announcement article for the Galaxy Home Mini. The article was posted on Samsung Korea but has since been taken down.
Samsung Galaxy Home Mini
The post specified that the Galaxy Home Mini will be arriving to Samsung’s home market of South Korea on February 12, the very day after Samsung’s Unpacked event will take place in San Francisco. The speaker is expected to arrive for KRW 99,000 (~$83). Here’s some of the text, translated from Korean.
Galaxy Home Mini voices freely through Bixby. Commands can be used to control various devices. Two built-in microphones allow for voice recognition at long distance[…] It is equipped with an IR remote control function. – Translated from Korean
Samsung intends to differentiate the Galaxy Home Mini with IR remote control capabilities. It can be cumbersome to adjust volume or switch tracks using only voice commands, and some customers might prefer a more classic way to control their entertainment. Samsung has delayed the Galaxy Home at least a couple of times, perhaps to further refine Bixby, its in-house voice assistant. Although the announcement mentioned Korea, we wonder when the Galaxy Home Mini would arrive in Western markets. We expect to be hearing at least some kind of acknowledgement of the Galaxy Home Mini at the Unpacked event next week.
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