Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Plus, the souped-up model of the corporate’s Tile-like SmartTag Bluetooth tracker (which was launched earlier this yr), now has a launch date: it’ll be out on April sixteenth for $39.99.
That’s a $10 worth improve over the usual SmartTag, which runs for $29.99 — however the SmartTag Plus has one notable enchancment. It options an ultra-wideband (UWB) radio, permitting customers to trace it extra precisely when it’s close by than the usual Bluetooth setup. The UWB radio truly permits a brand new AR mode, which may also help present customers precisely the place their lacking tag is.
To make use of the brand new UWB mode, you’ll want each a Galaxy SmartTag Plus and a suitable UWB-equipped Galaxy telephone, a listing that at present consists of the Galaxy Observe 20 Extremely, Galaxy S21 Plus, Galaxy S21 Extremely, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Except for the flamboyant new UWB options, although, the SmartTag Plus nonetheless works identical to the common SmartTag, leveraging Samsung’s huge Bluetooth community of Galaxy gadgets to assist observe lacking objects. It’s much like Apple’s Find My network, which makes use of iPhones and iPads to create a Bluetooth community (and, because of a current enlargement to third-party gadgets, will quickly supply a Find My-compatible tracker from Chipolo).
The upcoming launch of the Galaxy SmartTag Plus implies that Samsung — and never Apple’s long-rumored AirTags — would be the first main AR-compatible UWB monitoring accent to hit the market. Apple has been reportedly engaged on the same UWB-based AR function for its upcoming tracker, however regardless of loads of leaks and rumors, there’s nonetheless no phrase on a launch date.