Even though Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker hasn’t hit the shops yet, there are already rumours for a mini version. It appears this is largely to help the device compete with the likes of Google and Amazon.
When is the Samsung Galaxy Home mini release date?
It’s hard to say exactly when Samsung will announce the new speaker. Although it was tipped for a possible unveiling at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, it didn’t happen.
However, there’s an upcoming Samsung Unpacked event that could be perfect. It takes place on 20 February in San Francisco and London, just before MWC kicks off in Barcelona.
The event is likely to be for the Galaxy S10 smartphone, but the firm says it will “unveil new devices that promise to usher in new Galaxy experiences based on 10 years of innovations”.
What are the Galaxy Home mini price and specs?
Sadly there’s little detail at the moment on these elements, with SamMobile just having a model number, SM-V310, for the device.
The regular Galaxy Home is the SM-V510, hence the expectation for the 310 to be a smaller version. The site knows it will come in black but that’s all. It will, of course, run on the Bixby assistant.
With the normal version expected to cost £349/$349, we’d expect the mini would come in at around £200/$200 - although closer to the 150 mark would be preferable.
How Samsung makes it smaller and cheaper is yet to be seen then, but we expect it to be similar to how rivals have created similar ranges for smart speakers. The firm is likely to fit the mini with fewer speakers and possibly fewer microphones also.
The Galaxy Home has a subwoofer and no less than eight far-field microphones so we’d expect to see just regular audio drivers and perhaps half the amount of mics. It would make sense for Samsung to once again work with AKG on the audio.
If new rumours surface, we’ll update this article with the info. Check out the best smart speakers we've tested.