Samsung has officially unveiled its first ever smart speaker called the ‘Samsung Galaxy Home’ to take on Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home. At its Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in New York, Samsung showcased its Bixby powered premium smart speaker on stage delivering some crazy sound with a demo of 60 connected Galaxy Home speakers.
The Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker design appears similar to Google’s Home speaker, but with three metal legs as stand. On the top, the Galaxy Home gets AKG branding in the center with Play/Pause button and four other buttons on the circle include Previous, Next, Volume up (+) and Volume down (-). These buttons lit up when you touch.
It comes with 8 built-in microphones and is claimed to deliver surround-sound style audio using six built-in speakers and these are tuned by AKG. It also gets a sub-woofer at the bottom. The 8 microphones according to Samsung are far-field microphones for detecting voice input from a distance.
All you need to say is “Hi Bixby” to activate Samsung’s Bixby assistant and then you can ask it to start playing music. Samsung hasn’t revealed much about the Galaxy Home as of now. It said that the more details about the Samsung Galaxy Home will be shared on Samsung’s Developer Conference at upcoming IFA 2018.
Previously there were rumors of the speaker getting a design inspired from Star Wars character BB-8. There was a patent filed by Samsung which revealed the alleged design as it had two connected parts, and one of these could swivels over the other. The Bixby 2.0 powered smart speaker was listed with 7 microphones built-into the top half of the speaker and each microphone was said to capable of receiving sound information separately.
The rumors had also hinted that the alleged speaker could automatically rotate towards the person speaking to better benefit from speech recognition, something like BB-8. After turning around its axis, the speaker reportedly could rotate horizontally to position itself towards the sound source.
Besides the microphones, there were rumors of it featuring a camera for user face recognition. Upfront, it suggested a built-in touchscreen display to show photos and text. Furthermore, the touchscreen on speaker was listed to support S Pen, allowing Galaxy Note users to get the most from their stylus. In terms of more connectivity, the smart speaker was said to support LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS.
We don’t know if those would be future speaker release from Samsung or not, but for now Samsung will shed more details on the Galaxy Home later at Developer Conference.