Alongside its different bulletins at Samsung’s occasion at the moment, the corporate launched its new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator, a misplaced merchandise beacon for Samsung house owners and a competitor with Tile. Like Tile and Apple’s forthcoming AirTags, the beacon could be hooked up to keys, a bag, a pet’s collar or anything you wish to observe. Initially, these SmartTags will use Bluetooth to speak with a close-by Samsung gadget, nevertheless, the corporate confirmed a ultra-wideband (UWB) powered model known as the SmartTag+ will arrive later this yr.
The latter would permit the SmartTag to raised compete with Apple’s AirTags, that are additionally anticipated to reap the benefits of newer iPhones’ UWB capabilities. Tile, in anticipation of this information, has already developed a UWB tracker arriving later this yr, as effectively.
The SmartTag introduced at the moment, the Galaxy SmartTag11, will use Bluetooth and there is just one most important SKU — not a variety of merchandise in numerous sizes or configurations. Nonetheless, the tracker shall be bought in two coloration variations: Black and Oatmeal.
The tracker works with any Galaxy gadget, a Samsung rep informed us, so long as the gadget runs Android 10 or later.
System house owners can then find the lacking merchandise with the SmartTag hooked up utilizing the SmartThings Discover app.
This works much like Tile and different BLE (Bluetooth Low Power) trackers. When the SmartTag is offline — that means, disconnected from the Galaxy S21 or different gadget — it sends a BLE sign that may be detected by close by Galaxy units. When detected, the gadget will ship the close by location info to the SmartThings Superb app so you’ll be able to find the merchandise. Samsung says the SmartThings Discover consumer information is encrypted and securely protected, so your location and private info is secure if you lose your gadget and use the app to seek for it.
The app may also supply a wide range of finding instruments, together with a “Notify me when it’s discovered” possibility, in addition to “Search Close by,” “Search,” and “Ring” instruments. Like Tile, you may also use a SmartTag to find a lacking cellphone. On this case, you push the Galaxy SmartTag button twice to obtain an alert to assist find the lacking cellphone.
The tag can be custom-made to do different issues when pushed as soon as, so you might simply flip in your lights or TV if you return residence, for instance.
Forward of the announcement, regulatory paperwork confirmed the tracker as a barely chunkier model of Tile’s trackers, powered by a CR2032 cell battery, with Bluetooth connectivity. (We’ve confirmed the battery is, in reality, a user-replaceable CR2032.)
A Samsung rep couldn’t present us with the official and detailed tech specs for the gadget forward of its announcement at the moment, however we’ll replace if the corporate figures it out. Sadly, with out the confirmed particulars like whether or not the battery is user-replaceable, for instance, or what the vary is, it’s troublesome to make a correct comparability to the present trackers in the marketplace. (You may’t at all times go off leaks alone right here, both, as they aren’t at all times a sign of the ultimate product. However the regulatory filings are possible an excellent place to begin.)
To advertise adoption, Samsung is freely giving the brand new trackers pre-orders. From Jan. 14 to Jan. 28, 2021, shoppers who pre-order the Galaxy S21 Extremely will get a $200 Samsung Credit score plus a free Galaxy SmartTag. That would assist the units achieve somewhat extra traction, as Samsung’s earlier investments in monitoring devices, together with its 2018 LTE-based SmartThings monitoring fobs, by no means actually caught on.
Exterior the pre-order promotion, the SmartTags will value $29.99 individually and shall be bought beginning Jan. 29th.
That is barely steeper than Tile’s entry-level Bluetooth tracker, the Tile Mate, which retails for $24.99.