Samsung's Galaxy Home Mini spotted in wild yet again ahead of Unpacked

Could a release finally be near?

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Samsung's Galaxy Home Mini may finally be nearing a release. 

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The saga that is Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home Mini may at last be nearing an end. After making an appearance at the FCC, getting a beta test in Samsung's home country of South Korea last year and teased in an interview earlier this year, a new leak has revealed a little more about the forthcoming smart speaker. 

Shared on Twitter on Sunday by XDA Developers' Max Weinbach, who has previously revealed seemingly all of Samsung's upcoming products that are rumored to be announced on Tuesday, a new video shows the Galaxy Home Mini powering on and introducing itself in English. 

A separate Twitter post appears to reveal part of the packaging for the device including a list of what you can ask the speaker and its smart assistant Bixby to do. Among the options include traditional smart speaker tasks of weather, playing music from Spotify, setting an alarm and doing smart home tasks such as turning off lights and controlling your TV through the included infrared blaster. 

It's still unknown when exactly the Home Mini will be released, though with this latest leak (and a previously deleted press release) Tuesday's Unpacked event seems like a good bet. 

It's also unknown how Samsung will price the smart speaker. It will compete with established rivals in Google's Assistant-powered Nest Mini, which currently sells for $49, and Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo Dot, which is currently on sale for $30. 

Samsung did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment.

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