What you need to know
- Samsung has announced the new Galaxy SmartTag and Galaxy SmartTag+.
- The new tracker will be available on January 29th for $30.
- Samsung is offering a free tag when you pre-order any Galaxy S21.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 family of smartphones have officially been announced, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro for enhanced audio. Samsung also took a moment to talk about its new Galaxy SmartTag, which was rumored for a while as a potential competitor to Apple's upcoming AirTags and an answer to the Tile Bluetooth tracker, which is easily one of the best Bluetooth trackers available today.
Similar to Tile, Samsung's Galaxy SmartTag can be attached to an item or pet and uses Bluetooth LE in order to communicate with your smartphone in order to locate the item with Samsung's SmartThings Find app.
And even when your item or pet is out of Bluetooth range, the Galaxy SmartTag can be located by bouncing the Bluetooth signal from nearby Galaxy smartphones, a process that is encrypted to protect the privacy of other Galaxy owners.
Samsung stated that the Galaxy SmartTag will be available for purchase on January 29th and will retail for $30. Additionally, anyone who pre-orders any of the new Galaxy S21 smartphones between now and January 28th will receive a Galaxy SmartTag for free! Galaxy S21 purchases can take the money they would've spent on a SmartTag and spend it on other accessories like a great case or screen protector.
Samsung also announced a Galaxy SmartTag+, which will use its UltraWide Band in order to communicate with your device. There's no word on when exactly this device will be available, but Samsung mentioned that it will be available later this year. And Samsung is highlighting a number of customization options that will be available for the tags when they release.
Keep track of your things
A smarter way to keep track of your belongings.
Samsung has entered the Bluetooth tracking market with its first product, the Galaxy SmartTag. With Bluetooth LE and Samsung SmartThings Find, easily keep track of your belongings and of your pets. Even if your item is outside Bluetooth range, the Galaxy SmartTag will ping the signal of nearby Galaxy devices to let you know where it is.
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