Samsung has never really given the Galaxy Home Mini a proper announcement, instead quietly revealing it ahead of a beta test in South Korea. Now the mini smart speaker is getting a bit of time in the spotlight after making the trip to San Jose, CA this week to take part in Samsung’s Developer Conference.
The Galaxy Home Mini was shown off on the floor of the Samsung Developer Conference, giving us our first peek at it in the flesh. SamMobile posted a few photos of the Bixby-powered device, and it looks pretty much how we expected: a small, fabric-covered orb with AKG branding and buttons on top.
Below you can see a video of the Galaxy Home Mini in action.
Galaxy Home mini in action! #Bixby #vivlabs #samsung pic.twitter.com/1iDvFRTvoh
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) October 30, 2019
Unfortunately for us, Samsung didn’t have any information to share on when it might launch the Galaxy Home Mini or the regular Galaxy Home, which was first introduced in August 2018. Here’s what the company had to say when asked about its two smart speakers:
“The smart speaker plays an integral role in Samsung’s vision to make lives simpler and more convenient through the Internet of Things (IoT). Through a beta test program for Galaxy Home and Galaxy Home Mini, we have listened to valuable feedback from consumers and are now in the process of evaluating the results of the beta test. We will look forward to sharing more details on the product availability soon.”
The whole situation with the Galaxy Home and Galaxy Home Mini is kind of strange. The regular model was announced more than a year ago but there’s still no word on when it might launch or how much it’ll cost, with Samsung only saying that it’s working to “refine and enhance” the Galaxy Home before it’s released. Now the company is showing off the Galaxy Home Mini to attendees of its developer conference, but the device hasn’t gotten a real announcement or launch date yet.