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Leaks give a detailed example of the new smart speaker from Samsung, the Galaxy Home Mini prior to the release

Leaks reveal a detailed example of Samsung’s new smart speaker, the Galaxy Home Mini, prior to the major product event this week

  • Samsung Galaxy Home Mini was the subject of yet another product leak
  • Images suggest that it can control other electronics with the help of infrared signals
  • The IR blaster takes the place of a remote control and works from 40 feet away
  • Earlier leaks suggest that the speaker costs $ 83 and is released on February 12

With just 24 hours before the Unpacked event from Samsung, leaks from some of the soon-announced products are still coming in.

In a tweet sent just three days before Samsung’s main product event, XDA Developers’ Max Weinbach, who leaked several other important details about Samsung’s upcoming products, showed real glimpses of the company’s new smart speaker, the Galaxy Home Mini.

A video of the smart speaker in action and accompanying literature for the Galaxy Home Mini provide insight into what the product will do exactly.

According to images posted by Weinbach, one of the options will be the usual list of voice-driven searches, such as “what’s the weather?” or ‘play jazz music’ in addition to a range of smart home controls.

The magazine leaked by Weinbach also suggests that users can call Samsung’s Bixby speech assistant to change smart thermostats, turn devices on or off, or change the channel on a TV with appropriate hardware.

As noted by The Verge, the Galaxy Home Mini will use the so-called infrared blaster function to control devices that are not really connected to the internet.

The function takes the place of a remote control by using infrared signals to mimic commands that are traditionally sent as a special operation and are said to work with devices that are within 40 meters of the speaker.

Although the literature does not provide a solid price for the speaker, a press release that accidentally leaked to the Samsung website suggested that it would be released in South Korea on February 12 and cost $ 83.

The release, leaked on the Samsung site earlier this month, was recorded and translated by Android Police and also described various details of the company’s next smart speaker installation.

The new loudspeaker has the usual functions of a smart loudspeaker, using the speech assistant from Samsung, Bixby to set alarms, play music and ask about the weather. It will also use infrared technology to speak to nearby electronics that usually require a remote control

The new loudspeaker has the usual functions of a smart loudspeaker, using the speech assistant from Samsung, Bixby to set alarms, play music and ask about the weather. It will also use infrared technology to speak to nearby electronics that usually require a remote control

The new loudspeaker has the usual functions of a smart loudspeaker, using the speech assistant from Samsung, Bixby to set alarms, play music and ask about the weather. It will also use infrared technology to speak to nearby electronics that usually require a remote control

‘Galaxy Home Mini’ can freely operate various devices via voice commands via Bixby. Two microphones are built in to support speech recognition over long distances, “the release said.

With ‘Galaxy Home Mini’ you can create, receive and send messages with just your voice without connecting your smartphone. When connected to an external sensor, it detects emergency situations such as fire, smoke and leaks and gives quick notifications. It also tells you if your device works or when it needs to be replaced.

Samsung also says that the Galaxy Home Mini will be equipped with 5W speakers and 360-degree surround sound.

Although the device has been somewhat secreted for the time being, it is likely to be revealed at a major tech giant event next week.

In that case, Samsung is expected to release its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus.

The Galaxy S20 Plus from Samsung was leaked into images long before the actual unveiling of the device and was one of the many Samsung-related leaks

The Galaxy S20 Plus from Samsung was leaked into images long before the actual unveiling of the device and was one of the many Samsung-related leaks

The Galaxy S20 Plus from Samsung was leaked into images long before the actual unveiling of the device and was one of the many Samsung-related leaks

According to leaks from XDA developers, the S20 Plus – the larger version of Samsung’s flagship telephones scheduled to be released in February – will definitely have a high-end 120 HZ display that was previously only claimed.

The 120 HZ screen offers a high refresh rate, but only works with the standard resolution of the phone as opposed to the WQHD – quad high setting that clocks at 1440p as opposed to 1080p.

In addition, XDA says the phone comes with a traditional headphone jack and an in-display ‘ultrasonic’ fingerprint scanner.

The latter feature marks an important confirmation because Samsung has tried in the past to add in-display fingerprint reading technology to mixed results in particular.

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