Samsung is scheduled to host the Unpacked launch on February 11, local time in New York, but before that, XDA-Developers’ Max Weinbach had pre-empted the release of many details and spy photos of the Galaxy Home Mini online. Previously, Samsung said the device would be released the day after the Galaxy S20 launch date (February 12). But for now, we’ve seen a functional demonstration of the real machine in a short video.
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In the early revelations that have been removed, the IR Blaster feature of the Galaxy Home Mini speaker is detailed, meaning the smart speaker can remotely control SmartThings compatible devices such as TVs and set-top boxes up to 40 feet away.
Of course, the IR Blaster is not Samsung’s first. Previously, Amazon has also been used in Fire TV Cube smart speakers and Fire TV Blaster accessories.
As for the speaker body, the Galaxy Home Mini supports the many features we expect, such as Spotify music playback, weather reports, setting alerts, and news coverage.
The Galaxy Home Mini can be paired with another speaker for a better stereo experience. Users can also receive notifications from SmartThings devices with Bluetooth streaming.
The leak also mentions potential limitations, such as the bottom spy photo suggesting that it does not have a 3.5mm audio output, that the charging interface is micro-USB (not USB-C), and that only 2.4GHz Wi-Fi is supported (5GHz connection is not supported).
Finally, the Galaxy Home Mini has a Bixby Smart Assistant built in. Compared to competing products such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, its functionality remains to be tested.