Aside from the elegant new UWB functions, though, the SmartTag Plus still works simply like the regular SmartTag, leveraging Samsungs vast Bluetooth network of Galaxy gadgets to help track missing out on items. Its similar to Apples Find My network, which utilizes iPhones and iPads to create a Bluetooth network (and, thanks to a recent expansion to third-party gadgets, will soon use a Find My-compatible tracker from Chipolo).
The upcoming release of the Galaxy SmartTag Plus indicates that Samsung– and not Apples long-rumored AirTags– will be the very first major AR-compatible UWB tracking accessory to hit the market. Apple has actually been apparently working on a comparable UWB-based AR feature for its upcoming tracker, however regardless of plenty of leaks and rumors, theres still no word on a release date.
Samsungs Galaxy SmartTag Plus, the souped-up variation of the businesss Tile-like SmartTag Bluetooth tracker (which was released previously this year), now has a release date: itll be out on April 16th for $39.99.
Thats a $10 price increase over the standard SmartTag, which runs for $29.99– but the SmartTag Plus has one significant enhancement. It features an ultra-wideband (UWB) radio, allowing users to track it more properly when its neighboring than the basic Bluetooth setup. The UWB radio in fact enables a new AR mode, which can assist show users precisely where their missing tag is.
To use the brand-new UWB mode, youll need both a Galaxy SmartTag Plus and a compatible UWB-equipped Galaxy phone, a list that currently includes the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2.