Details of Samsung’s $300 Bixby Speaker Revealed

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 15 Comments

Ever wanted Bixby on a speaker? Yes? No? Well, Samsung’s making one either way.

The firm is unveiling the next-gen Galaxy Note device next month at its Unpacked 2018 event, and it could also release the Bixby speaker at the same time. WSJ reports that Samsung is working on a voice-activated speaker powered by Bixby to compete with the likes of HomePod, Google Home, Echo, etc. The firm’s $300 speaker is internally known as Lux, and it will be marketed as a high-end music player, much like Apple’s HomePod

The device boasts a bowled shape, an unusual form for smart speakers. It will include legged bottoms and lights at the top, possibly to indicate when Bixby is listening to your voice. Samsung will likely include a bunch of features in order to market the product as a high-end music player, one of which includes sound shifting. With sound shifting, the speaker’s audio will be beamed in the direction of the user, so it will essentially beam the audio of the music you’re listening in your direction. Sounds a lot like a gimmick? You wouldn’t be wrong.

Samsung’s Bixby hasn’t been a success on the firm’s phones, with the company essentially forcing users to use the assistant on their phones. The initial reception of Bixby was almost sad, though it seeems like Samsung isn’t giving up yet. The speaker could do well if it is able to compete with high-end speakers like the HomePod, so it will be interesting to see how well it performs once it’s available for purchase.

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “Details of Samsung’s $300 Bixby Speaker Revealed”

  1. Polycrastinator

    "So guys, I have this idea. What if we took the failed price point of Apple's Homepod, and added a failed assistant like Microsoft's Cortana, and put it into a single product?"

  2. Robert Wade

    I want Corana. Period. All day, every day. But Microsoft has clearly thrown in the towel. Cortana works SO beautifully on the Windows phones, and at least decently on the PC/tablet. But it's not only falling behind, but is going NOWHERE on Android.

    • Daekar

      In reply to Robert_Wade:

      This. I have Cortana set as my default assistant in Android, and the lack of progress is making it REALLY hard to justify. I have no desire to talk to my PC because that interface isn't terrible like a touchscreen, so it doesn't really matter there.

    • VancouverNinja

      In reply to Robert_Wade:

      I think we are going to see a large roll out in the fall for Cortana devices. I have been patiently waiting to get rid of the horrid Nest thermostats in our office and get the Johnson Glas powered by Cortana. It was to be released in Q2 but it is nowhere to be seen. I think it has been pushed back for a big launch. Hope I am right.

  3. beckerrt

    Gimme the Invoke any day.

  4. Daekar

    As much as the technology sphere seems to hate Bixby, I'd be willing to bet most users don't know the difference, couldn't care less, or like it.

    I haven't heard a single person at work, which is filled with Galaxy phones, complain about it - either normals don't use voice assistants or they don't care.

  5. Darekmeridian

    Wow no words.. but he's a pic of a cool bowl speaker

    But I think the Bixby speaker should look like this

  6. wolters

    I'm OK if Samsung want's Bixby but I truly do wish it could be turned off complete and with no Bixby Button. I already don't care for the Samsung "Duplicate Apps" and their own app store. This just add more (for a lack of better words) "Samsung Bloat" to their really awesome hardware.

  7. RM

    There is much more reason to use Cortana than Bixby and Cortana is becoming a hard sell for people due to Microsoft's lack of commitment!