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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini gets the FCC's stamp of approval, Galaxy Home still not out

Samsung's rumored small speaker gets FCC certification, even though the larger one isn't available yet.

Published onMay 21, 2019

The rumored Samsung Galaxy Home Mini received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to a filing made public today. The certification confirms a previous report that Samsung is working on a smaller version of its unreleased Galaxy Home speaker.

According to the filing, the “AI speaker” works on Wi-Fi b/g/n networks and connects to devices over Bluetooth 4.2. There’s also an image for the device, which shows a bulbous speaker with physical buttons for volume up, volume down, mute, and a button on the right that may or may not call up Bixby.

Image of the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini from an FCC filing.

Also spotted in the image is an AKG logo in the middle — AKG is Samsung’s premium audio brand — as well as a Micro-USB port and what looks to be a rubberized bottom area. The regular Galaxy Home features three legs that keep it propped up.

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It makes sense for Samsung to work on a smaller version of the Galaxy Home. The Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini are around $50, making the devices at least $50 cheaper than their larger counterparts. If Samsung hopes to compete with those cheaper speakers, it needs to release one of its own for around the same $50 price.

Then again, Samsung’s currently in a weird spot. The company’s website currently lists the normal-sized Galaxy Home as “coming soon,” even though Samsung first announced the speaker in August 2018. According to the company, the Galaxy Home will be available by the end of June.

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