Samsung Galaxy SmartTag launch date, worth, information and rumors
January 14 seems to be a giant day for Samsung, because it’s holding an occasion the place we’re anticipating to see the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary. However alongside that we’ll most likely additionally see the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag.
That is rumored to be a Bluetooth-powered object tracker, that may work so much like the favored Tile trackers and the long-rumored Apple AirTags – primarily it seems to be a small object which you could connect to a keyring or lanyard, or chuck in a handbag or pockets, in order that when you ever lose these valuables you would discover them by way of your cellphone utilizing the SmartTag’s Bluetooth.
Whereas nothing has but been confirmed concerning the Galaxy SmartTag, it has been leaked sufficient that we’ve got a good suggestion of what to anticipate, all of which you’ll discover beneath.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? A Tile-like tracker from Samsung
- When is it out? More likely to be introduced on January 14
- How a lot will it value? Probably round £14 / $18 / AU$24
Samsung Galaxy SmartTag launch date and worth
The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is rumored to be launching on January 14, alongside the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary.
Whereas that’s not but confirmed, it actually looks like it have to be touchdown quickly, as it has been fairly extensively leaked now, in addition to having been licensed in a number of locations (one thing which normally occurs near launch) and even getting a point out within the Samsung SmartThings app.
An announcement on January 14 would nearly actually imply the SmartTag arrives earlier than Apple’s AirTags, regardless of the latter having been rumored for lots longer. However we’ll most likely see these this yr too, so Samsung may have some actual competitors.
The value of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag seems prefer it may very well be aggressive although. Whereas not confirmed, Ishan Agarwal (a leaker with a superb observe report) has advised 91Mobiles that the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag will value round 15 euros (roughly £14 / $18 / AU$24).
Which may if something make the SmartTag barely cheaper than Tile’s choices, however on the very least ought to put it in the identical ballpark.
Design and options
Whereas nothing has but been confirmed concerning the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, we’ve got a good suggestion of what to anticipate.
The largest leak takes the type of pictures, exhibiting the tracker within the flesh. You may see that it’s primarily a small black piece of plastic, with the Galaxy SmartTag identify on it, and a gap to connect it to a keyring or lanyard.
Unsurprisingly it seems so much like a Tile tracker, and just like the Tile Professional and Tile Mate it ought to have a user-replaceable 3V CR2032 battery, based mostly on a South Korean certification itemizing.
That itemizing factors to the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag coming in each black and oatmeal shades, and having a button which you could press to make your cellphone ring loudly, so you possibly can find your handset. That’s on prime of the principle characteristic we’re anticipating from the SmartTag, which is to help you find any object it is hooked up to by way of a companion app in your cellphone.
Based mostly on the certification it would use Bluetooth 5.1 for this, which may theoretically permit for monitoring units as much as 400 meters away indoors, and 1000 meters away outdoor.
There’s no point out of LTE, GPS, or different superior monitoring options although, so in case your misplaced merchandise finally ends up additional away you is perhaps out of luck.
Having mentioned that, we’ve additionally seen reference to the Samsung SmartTag within the Samsung SmartThings app, which is designed for controlling your sensible house. Extra importantly although this app additionally has a ‘SmartThings Discover’ characteristic, which may help you find a misplaced cellphone even when it’s offline, by permitting different Samsung Galaxy units within the neighborhood to detect a Bluetooth Low Power sign that it places out.
So a Samsung Galaxy SmartTag may additionally be capable to talk with the military of Galaxy units out on this planet that will help you discover your misplaced belongings.
The reference to the SmartTag within the SmartThings app notes that it “will make it easier to maintain observe of objects like wallets, keys, earbuds, and extra”, as anticipated, and likewise contains a picture (beneath) exhibiting a design very like the one above.
Lastly, whereas we’ve famous the potential of black and oatmeal colours above, a leaker had beforehand advised 91Mobiles to anticipate black and white shades. Both manner, it seems very doubtless that black can be one of many shade choices, with each leaks and the pictures above suggesting as a lot.