03 February 2020
UPDATE (February 3rd, 2020):
It is finally confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker will launch on February 12th. The launch date is just the next day of the Galaxy S20 series unveiling at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The smart speaker will be made official in South Korea for a price of KRW 99,000 i.e. about $83. There are currently no details regarding global availability.
Original (January 8th, 2020)
Samsung has announced that it will launch the Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker during some time in early 2020. The announcement was made by Hyunsuk Kim, CEO of Samsung's consumer electronics business, in an exclusive conversation with Bloomberg. As for the elder sibling i.e. Galaxy Home, there are still no details on the availability.
The Galaxy Home Mini was unveiled quietly in South Korea last year. It is a smaller version of the original Galaxy Home that was launched in August 2018. It has been about 18 months since the event but fans are still waiting for the launch. It has been delayed on multiple occasions and each time, it has also managed to miss the adjusted release timeline.
In the conversation, Kim revealed that he is currently busy testing Galaxy Home Mini at his own home. The testing is being done with a total of 63 connected devices. He is testing the smart speaker on different criteria including the connectivity as well as the efficiency of artificial intelligence.
Kim said, “It’s not about when we release the product, but it’s more crucial how much further we can evolve the technology. No other speaker in the world can control gadgets as much as Samsung can.”
It seems like Samsung is still not convinced with all the capabilities and working of the Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker. While it is now set for an "early 2020" release, the Galaxy Home launch still looks uncertain. It has led to speculations on whether the original model will actually be released.