What is Samsung Scoop? Here's what we know about Samsung's brand new, currently unreleased mystery gadget that's got tongues wagging.
Today, Samsung submitted documents to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a shiny new device currently being called Samsung Scoop. We only have a user manual and some photos to go on at the moment, but here’s what we’ve gleaned so far.
It’s a Bluetooth speaker
Instructions in the manual show users how to pair Scoop with their phone via Bluetooth, and there are volume up and down buttons, along with a play button that can also be used to pair. It charges using any “Samsung-approved” micro USB charging cable, and there’s also a 3.5mm input audio jack. There’s a light on top of the device that tells you when it’s reached full charge.
It’s tiny and portable
From the initial photos of Scoop alongside a ruler, it looks like the device is a mere 8cm wide. That – and the fact that there’s a tan coloured leather carry strap – suggests that Samsung wants this little speaker to be a travelling companion as well as a home entertainer.
It’s also for chatting
The manual mentions a built-in microphone that can be used for hands-free calling. There’s speculation that Scoop’s mic could mean Samsung wants to veer down the Amazon Echo route with some voice control, but we’re not convinced. There’s no mention of an AI assistant in the manual, so we’re holding back from getting excited until Samsung pipes up with comment. There’s been no further word from Samsung on Scoop since it released the documents.
There’s a mysterious lookalike
Given that Samsung Scoop is yet to be released, it took us by surprise to find a Scoop doppelgänger being touted as a Samsung Scoop EO-SG510CD on this Slovakian website. We’ve reached out to Samsung to see if it’s a convincing dud or not, and we’ll fill you in when we know more.