Samsung showcased its first AI speaker during the Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked event on August 9 at New York. Samsung is looking to utilize sound technologies of its subsidiary, Harman International Industries Inc., to have its speaker focus on audio-related features.
“The Galaxy Home is a product with a focus on audio. Consumers tend to focus more on the sound quality over the AI features when they pay (for speakers),” said Samsung Electronics President Koh Don-jin, who heads the IT and mobile division of Samsung.
The Galaxy Home features 6 AKG-tuned speakers, a brand under Harman, in a circular shape on top of a tripod design, easily capable of being placed on the floor. It comes with a subwoofer and 8 far-field microphones for picking up your voice since Bixby is here as well.
Koh said the design of the speaker was inspired by the traditional curved-style Korean vase.
“The speaker comes with the sound adjustment system of Harman, delivering clear sound and rich low-pitched tone,” the company added.
The Galaxy Home, equipped with the Bixby voice system, will connect to Samsung’s smartphones and home appliances. It will officially be announced at the company’s conference of developers slated for November.