Samsung has yet to even release its Galaxy Home, a new smart speaker that combines the Bixby assistant with premium audio features, and we’re already hearing rumors about a second model being in development. As per the reports, Samsung is reportedly planning a cheaper version of its Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker powered by its voice assistant Bixby. Samsung this simply suggest that the company is ready to take on the google mini and Alexa speakers.
While the specifications of the new speaker are not yet known it is presumed to have fewer of the features of the main Galaxy Home that Samsung announced in August, The Verge reported on Saturday.
While the main Galaxy Home, which is yet to hit the market, could compete with Apple HomePod, which retails for $349, the mini Bixby-powered speaker could take on Google Home and Amazon Echo which are available for less than $200.
Originally reported by SamMobile, the mini Bixby speaker might have fewer microphones than the Galaxy Home and perhaps lack a subwoofer.
The premium Galaxy Home, which was showcased in the US during the flagship Galaxy Note 9 launch, is likely to feature eight microphones.
Elevated by three stout metal legs, the main Galaxy Home looks like a mini space capsule, wrapped in black fabric with a flat top housing touch-enabled control buttons.
The three metal legs ensures the device can be kept anywhere at home – even in a cosy corner on the floor – while other smart speakers do need a desk or tabletop.
The second Bixby speaker is expected to debut with a model of SM-V310, in comparison to the Galaxy Home’s SM-V510. We have no idea how the two will differ at this point, but it’s easy to see Samsung producing additional models if this strategy works out.
Speculations are rife that Samsung could showcase the mini Galaxy Home at CES 2019 to be held in Las Vegas from January 8-11.