Several rumored features have been trickling in for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Most recently, reports from Slash Leaks suggest the device may include a dual-speaker setup. The source shared schematics images, which suggest the smartphone may feature speakers at the top and bottom of its chassis. If true, this could suggest Samsung plans to have an audio focus on the Galaxy Note 8. During a time when many manufacturers have opted to remove the 3.5mm audio jack from its devices, Samsung may be doubling down on an improved audio experience, while retaining tried and true features. In addition to the two speakers, the schematics images also show the Galaxy Note 8 will likely keep its 3.5mm audio jack.
Do you remember Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker that was created to compete directly with the Amazon Echo? The smart speaker was announced in August last year, but the company gave no official release date during the announcement. Now, we finally have one -- well, sort of. At Samsung's Unpacked event today -- where the company announced four new Galaxy S10 phones (S10e, S10, S10, and S10 5G) and a foldable phone -- the head of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh told CNET the Galaxy Home will launch in April. Koh didn't share a specific release date or even say how much the smart speaker would cost.
While the Samsung Galaxy Home was nowhere to be seen at the company's Galaxy Unpacked event held today, the smart speaker apparently has not been forgotten. DJ Koh, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, told CNET that the company plans to launch the long-awaited device by April. At this point, the Galaxy Home has been a long time coming. First announced by Samsung in August 2018 at the company's Galaxy Note 9 event, the competitor for the Apple HomePod, Google Home and Amazon Echo has been relegated to the background for the most part. It was on display at CES 2019 back in January and was able to perform some commands but was still limited in its functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched in the U.S. on March 29 and comes with many high-end features. But, for consumers who are fond of music and use their phone as a playback device, the phone's dual-audio feature is what stands out. The Galaxy S8 lets users connect to multiple Bluetooth speakers at once. If a user owns more than one Bluetooth speaker, they will be simply able to connect them to the smartphone at the same time. This means they could easily create a surround sound system, without investing in an expensive system like Sonos.