As expected, Samsung unveils a connected tracker. Called the Galaxy SmartTag, it is based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and can be attached to various types of items like keys, bag, wallet, pet collar or anything else to locate and find.
The Galaxy SmartTag has a Bluetooth range of up to 120 meters, although it will depend on the environment and obstacles to communicate with a smartphone. Localization is done from an application with an indication of the distance separating the user from his object.
Even out of range, Samsung has provided for the ability to take advantage of the Galaxy Find Network and sending a BLE signal that can be hooked up by nearby Galaxy devices. A large network given the popularity of the group’s smartphones.
After detection, location information is reflected with the SmartThings Find application. Samsung obviously ensures that the data is encrypted and protected to present no risk in case of loss.
Samsung has planned other uses for the Galaxy SmartTag, such as the integration of a dedicated button that this time will allow the smartphone to ring, even if it is in vibrate or silent mode. It can also be personalized to interact with other household appliances.
The Galaxy SmartTag will be released from Friday January 29 at a price of € 29.90. For later this year, Samsung has mentioned the availability of a Galaxy SmartTag + which will rely on UWB (ultra-wideband) short-range radio technology and allow more precise location. Provided you have a Galaxy smartphone compatible with this connectivity such as the new Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra equipped with a UWB chip.
By announcing the Galaxy SmartTag, Samsung competes with Tile and is already positioning itself against Apple and its very likely AirTag with the Galaxy SmartTag +.
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