Samsung Galaxy SmartTag launched to take over tile bluetooth tracker

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag debuted at the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 virtual event alongside the expected Galaxy S21 smartphone series and Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds. The bluetooth tracker helps you find easy-to-lose items such as keys, bags or even your pet. You can also access Samsung’s SmartThings Find service to use the Galaxy SmartTag to find things that are not within range of built-in Bluetooth technology. All of this will seem familiar if you’ve used a Tile Bluetooth tracker before. However, Samsung appears to be increasing competition for Tile and offering a native option to its Galaxy smartphone users. The company also announced the Galaxy SmartTag +, which will be available later this year with Ultra Wideband (UWB) support for precise lost item tracking.

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, Galaxy SmartTag + price

The price of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag has been set at $ 29.99 (approximately rupees 2,200). You can also get it in a pair of two devices for $ 49.99 (about Rs. 3,700) or in a pack of four for $ 84.99 (about Rs. 6,200). The Galaxy SmartTag is currently available for pre-order in some markets including the UK and US. Availability is set for January 29th. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag + will be available later this year for $ 39.99 (about Rs. 2,900) for a pre-order single unit or $ 64.99 (about Rs. 4,700) for a pack of two. Details on pricing and availability of the Galaxy SmartTag and Galaxy SmartTag + in India are yet to be announced.

To give you a perspective is the Tile Mate Tracker currently available at $ 24.99 (about Rs. 1,800) while its Pro version, which comes with a 400-foot Bluetooth range, is priced at $ 34.99 (approximately Rs. 2,600).

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag specifications

The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is based on Bluetooth Low Energy v5.0 (BLE) technology, which allows you to find things within a range of 120 meters. There’s a built-in speaker that makes a tone when you tap your phone’s button for easy tracking of a highlighted object in your home or office. However, in addition to finding lost items, the Galaxy SmartTag can also help you find your pet using the Galaxy Find network through the SmartThings Find service.

Samsung has also provided a button on the Galaxy SmartTag that allows you to control Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the SmartThings app. This means that you can turn on a connected light through the Galaxy SmartTag – without taking out your phone or pressing a switch in your room.

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Samsung SmartTag offers location tracking of lost items through the SmartThings app
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Like any other Bluetooth device, the Galaxy SmartTag needs to be paired with your smartphone. Pairing takes place via the SmartThings app. However, it is important to point out that the tracker is currently only designed and functional for Samsung Galaxy devices compatible with Galaxy devices runs on Android 8.0 Oreo or higher with at least 2 GB RAM. This is different from tile trackers, which work with a range of Android and iOS devices.

The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag contains a CR2032 battery that is replaceable and supposedly lasts for months. The device measures 39.11 x 39.11 x 9.9 mm and weighs 50.80 grams.

Samsung’s move to offer the Galaxy SmartTag exclusively for Galaxy smartphones is based on rumors pointing to the development of AirTag trackers by Apple. These are also likely only compatible with select iPhone models.

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag + specifications

Unlike the regular Galaxy SmartTag, the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag + will be available with Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology to enable precise location tracking of lost items. This brings spatial accuracy and directional ability. Samsung will also be introducing Augmented Reality (AR) features on the Galaxy SmartTag + that will allow you to find your belongings along with the on-screen guide.

Detailed specifications of the Galaxy SmartTag + will be announced.

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