This isn’t the first we’re hearing of a Bixby-powered smart speaker from Samsung. The company is believed to have developed an Amazon Echo rival of its own. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Samsung’s Bixby smart speaker is set to arrive in a few weeks. The report even gives us an idea of what this product might cost and what might it be able to do.
Samsung had actually confirmed previously that the smart speaker would be launched in the second half of 2018. We’re in the second half of the year now and if the WSJ is believed, the launch isn’t that far off.
The report mentions that it’s going to be a bowl-shaped device with legs at the bottom and LED lights up top. Samsung will market it as a high-end music player with smart speaker capabilities, much like Apple’s HomePod. A “sound shifting” feature will be onboard as well which will direct sound towards the person giving the voice command.
It’s further claimed in the report that the Bixby smart speaker from Samsung is going to cost around $300. This will position it in direct competition with more high-end smart speakers like the HomePod instead of Echo devices which are significantly cheaper. It’s expected that this product may be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9.