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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini surfaces online though Galaxy Home still isn't out

Samsung is quietly working on a smaller, possibly cheaper version of the Galaxy Home smart speaker.

Published onApril 29, 2019

It looks like the Galaxy Home might be joined by the Galaxy Home Mini.

The Samsung Galaxy Home has been coming for a long time now, first announced in August 2018 alongside the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung’s website only lists it as “coming soon,” but it might be joined by another smart speaker.

According to the Bluetooth SIG website, Samsung is working on an “AI speaker” called the Galaxy Home Mini. The website doesn’t give us much more to go on, other than its model number (SM-V310) and Bluetooth 4.2 support.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard about a Galaxy Home Mini though, as SamMobile reported on its existence at the tail-end of last year. The outlet referenced the same model number, while also noting that it would be available in black.

Judging by the Mini name, it looks like the Korean brand is hoping to take on the Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot. Amazon and Google’s tiny speakers usually retail for $50, so don’t be surprised if the Galaxy Home Mini comes in at a similar price-point.

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Samsung’s speaker will likely use the company’s Bixby voice assistant, which promises over 3,000 voice commands. The company will have a mighty stiff challenge convincing users to leave the Amazon and Google smart home ecosystem though. In fact, a recent report found that 97 percent of U.S. smart speaker owners stick to one brand.

Samsung clearly needs to offer a compelling reason to switch, or target countries that haven’t experienced major smart speaker adoption just yet. Would you switch to a Samsung smart speaker? Let us know in the comments.

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