Samsung Galaxy Home Mini Smart Speaker Beta Program Goes Live in South Korea, Could Be Launched Soon

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini beta programme registrations are open until September 1.

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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini Smart Speaker Beta Program Goes Live in South Korea, Could Be Launched Soon

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini works with the Bixby voice assistant

Highlights
  • The Samsung Galaxy Home was announced in August 2018
  • A new, smaller version called the Galaxy Home Mini is now in the works
  • The product is now up for applications for the beta programme

Samsung announced the Galaxy Home smart speaker a year ago in August 2018, alongside the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone and Galaxy Watch smartwatch. The Bixby-powered smart speaker was meant to be a competitor to the Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, and Google Home series, but still hasn't gone on sale. However, Samsung could now be preparing to launch the product soon, alongside a new Samsung Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker that was tipped last year. The smaller variant is now up for applications to its beta programme in South Korea, indicating that the global launch of the Galaxy Home smart speaker series could be close.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini speaker was first rumoured in October. Its beta programme is now open for applications up till September 1 from Samsung Galaxy smartphone users in South Korea, and was reported on Tizen Help. Interested people can apply, and if selected, will receive a Galaxy Home Mini for testing. The smart speaker is powered by Bixby, and has its sound tuned by AKG, a part of Harman International which was acquired by Samsung in 2016.

The speaker is a smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy Home, which promises smart connectivity through the Bixby voice assistant, along with better sound quality than competing options. It's worth pointing out that the larger speaker doesn't seem to have any beta program active.

Samsung Galaxy Home price (expected)

The Samsung Galaxy Home could be priced around the same as the Apple HomePod, which retails at $299 (approximately Rs. 21,500), while the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini could be available for much less, competing with Amazon Echo and Google Home products at under Rs. 10,000. There's no word on when, or indeed if, the Samsung Galaxy Home series will be launched in India.

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Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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