Samsung Galaxy Home Mini Smart Speaker Passes Bluetooth Certification, Launch Imminent
Samsung launched its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home alongside the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone last year. While the speaker isn’t available to buy yet, it boasts of Bixby integration and powerful sound output. Fresh leaks suggest a smaller sibling of the Galaxy Home might be on its way. Another smart speaker, named Galaxy Home Mini has just received its Bluetooth certification suggesting an imminent launch.
Galaxy Home Mini
An Artificial Intelligence (AI) speaker by Samsung with model number SM-V310 was spotted on the Bluetooth Studio website. The name mentioned in the listing is Galaxy Home Mini, which the name suggests will be the more affordable model of the regular Galaxy Home. While the website doesn’t mention more information about the device, it is revealed the speaker will support Bluetooth 4.2 standards. The Home Mini will also run the Bixby voice assistant which was introduced back in the year 2017 alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
The Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker will compete against the likes of the Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot. Both the latter have been available in the market for a while now and are very popular among those looking for a portable smart speaker. Additionally, while Google’s offering runs the Google Assistant, the Echo Dot features Alexa voice assistant. Both the digital assistants have been present in smartphones and speakers for a while now and offer a more refined experience than Bixby in its current state.
As far as the pricing and availability are concerned, the recent Bluetooth certification hints the Galaxy Home Mini may be announced soon. It may be available alongside the much delayed Galaxy Home smart speaker in the following weeks. In terms of pricing, the device is expected to be priced similar to its competitors. So the Galaxy Home Mini may retail at around US$ 50 (Rs. 3,500).