Samsung has quietly announced a new Bixby-enabled smart speaker called the Galaxy Home Mini, which invites owners of Galaxy smartphones in South Korea to register for the beta test of the new device. According to Samsung, the new speaker can control IoT devices, integrates with Samsung's SmartThings platform, and utilizes the sound technology provided by Samsung's AKG audio brand. SamMobile was the first to notice the announcement.
This is the first time that Samsung officially admits that its smaller Smart Speaker exists, though we had a good idea because of its presence in a state that it would come in. Communications Commission filing earlier this year. Apart from the few details that Samsung announced in the beta announcement, we know next to nothing about this new device. We do not even know exactly if the speaker is battery powered, for example. We'll probably find out when Samsung decides to officially announce the speaker, though it's unclear whether this will happen before or after beta testers get their hands on it.
It is also noteworthy that Samsung's announcement does not seem to mention the original Galaxy Home smart speaker, announced last year along with the Note 9. The original size Samsung Smart Speaker has been lagging time and again since its announcement. The company was originally scheduled for release in the first half of this year and has postponed the speaker to the third quarter of this year. Recently, it was announced that it is working to "refine and improve" it prior to publication.