Erica Flores

Samsung is making a cheap Bixby smart speaker

Samsung promised a Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker in August, a premium device that could potentially compete against Apple’s HomePod and Amazon Echo Plus. While that speaker is not yet available and has no set release date, the company is also planning a second Bixby speaker that comes in black and according to Sammobile, citing an anonymous source, it may be a more affordable option that can compete with the likes of cheaper smart speakers.

The second Bixby speaker has the model number SM-V310, while the Galaxy Home has the number SM-V510, suggesting that there could always be more Bixby smart speakers on the line. There are no known specs for the low-end speaker yet, but it is presumed to have fewer features than Samsung announced for the main Galaxy Home, such as six built-in speakers, a subwoofer, and eight microphones.

Being a budget option could also help set a Bixby smart speaker apart in an already crowded market where more established companies like Google and Amazon offer smart assistant-powered devices that people already know are reliable.

Samsung has spoken very little since August about the Galaxy Home and has not confirmed its counterpart, but with CES 2019 just around the corner, where Samsung is sure to have a presence, more information may be released shortly.