(Pocket-lint) - Samsung made a flurry of announcements at its first Unpacked event of the year, including revealing when you can buy the Galaxy Fold, but one device was conspicuously absent during the show: Galaxy Home.

The company didn't mention the smart speaker once at Unpacked. And yet, thanks to Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh, who spoke to CNET, we've learned Samsung is getting ready to finally release its Bixby-powered speaker. The device, which was first teased last summer, is designed to rival the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. DJ Koh has now confirmed it's set to launch by April.

When Samsung first revealed the Galaxy Home during its Note 9 in August 2018, it primarily focused on the speaker's sound performance and the fact that it's tuned by the company’s AKG division. It has said very little since, though we know it features Bixby and doubles as a SmartThings hub for voice control over the smart home. You can learn more about Galaxy Home and what we know so far from our guide.

As we said, there's still much we don't know about Galaxy Home, including its price point, which will probably dictate whether it's a credible smart option. As such, it's hard to know where it sits. However, due to the audio tech inside the Galaxy Home, we reckon the price will be approaching that of the HomePod. Hopefully we'll learn more soon.

In the meantime, check out our initial review of Galaxy Home here.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.