Alongside its different CES bulletins, at Samsung’s Unpacked occasion immediately the firm 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 may be hooked up to keys, a bag, a pet’s collar or the rest you wish to observe. Initially, these SmartTags will use Bluetooth to speak with a close-by Samsung system, nevertheless, the firm confirmed an ultra-wideband (UWB) powered model referred to as the SmartTag+ will arrive later this 12 months.
The latter would enable the SmartTag to raised compete with Apple’s AirTags, that are additionally anticipated to make the most of newer iPhones’ UWB capabilities. Tile, in anticipation of this information, has already developed a UWB tracker arriving later this 12 months, as properly.
The SmartTag introduced immediately, the Galaxy SmartTag, will use Bluetooth and there is just one principal SKU — not a spread of merchandise in several sizes or configurations. However, the tracker can be offered in two colour variations: Black and Oatmeal.
The tracker works with any Galaxy system, a Samsung rep instructed us, so long as the system runs Android 10 or later.
Device house owners can then find the lacking merchandise with the SmartTag hooked up utilizing the SmartThings Find app.
This works much like Tile and different BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) trackers. When the SmartTag is offline — which means, disconnected from the Galaxy S21 or different system — it sends a BLE sign that may be detected by close by Galaxy units. When detected, the system will ship the close by location data to the SmartThings Fine app so you possibly can find the merchandise. Samsung says the SmartThings Find consumer knowledge is encrypted and securely protected, so your location and private data is protected while you lose your system 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 found” possibility, in addition to “Search Nearby,” “Search” and “Ring” instruments. Like Tile, you too can use a SmartTag to find a lacking cellphone. In 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 would simply flip in your lights or TV while you return residence, for instance.
Ahead 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 system forward of its announcement immediately, however we’ll replace if the firm figures it out. Unfortunately, with out the confirmed particulars like whether or not the battery is user-replaceable, for instance, or what the vary is, it’s tough to make a correct comparability to the present trackers on the market. (You can’t all the time go off leaks alone right here, both, as they aren’t all the time a sign of the last product. But the regulatory filings are probably an excellent start line.)
To promote adoption, Samsung is making a gift of the new trackers through choose pre-orders. From January 14-28, 2021, shoppers who pre-order the Galaxy S21 Ultra will get a $200 Samsung Credit plus a free Galaxy SmartTag. That might assist the units acquire slightly 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.
Outside the pre-order promotion, the SmartTags will value $29.99 individually and can be offered beginning January twenty ninth.
This is barely steeper than Tile’s entry-level Bluetooth tracker, the Tile Mate, which retails for $24.99.