Samsung has no immediate plans to sell the Galaxy Home Mini separately
Although initial reports pinned the Galaxy Home Mini launch date to February 12, it looks like Samsung canceled the announcement. Even so, the smart speaker if offered as a gift to customers who pre-order the Galaxy S20 in South Korea, which is a bit unusual.
Now we've learned that Samsung has no plans to sell the Galaxy Home Mini, at least not in the immediate future. TizenHelp reports Samsung reps confirmed that the smart speaker is now available for purchase separately in South Korea:
Unlike other popular smart speakers available on the market that are powered by Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri, the Galaxy Home Mini runs Samsung's Bixby, which, while not terrible, does things less stellar than at least two digital assistants mentioned.
Samsung hasn't mentioned Bixby at all in the last year, so we wouldn't be surprised if the South Korean company simply wants to get rid of the Galaxy Home Mini units that planned to sell at some point. Perhaps it's not a good time to launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker in a market that's already crowded unless you really have a near-perfect product, which probably isn't the case with the Galaxy Home Mini.