January 14 looks 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. But alongside that we’ll most likely additionally see the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag.
This is rumored to be a Bluetooth-powered object tracker, that would work so much like the favored Tile trackers and the long-rumored Apple AirTags – basically it appears to be like to be a small object that you’ll be able to connect to a keyring or lanyard, or chuck in a handbag or pockets, so that when you ever lose these valuables you might find them through your cellphone utilizing the SmartTag’s Bluetooth.
Whereas nothing has but been confirmed in regards to the Galaxy SmartTag, it is been leaked sufficient that we have a good suggestion of what to anticipate, all of which you’ll discover beneath.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A Tile-like tracker from Samsung
- When is it out? Likely to be announced on January 14
- How a lot will it value? Possibly around £14 / $18 / AU$24
Samsung Galaxy SmartTag release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is rumored to be launching on January 14, alongside the Samsung Galaxy S21 range.
Whereas that’s not but confirmed, it definitely looks as if it should be touchdown quickly, because it’s 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 definitely imply the SmartTag arrives earlier than Apple’s AirTags, despite the latter having been rumored for lots longer. However we’ll most likely see these this year too, so Samsung might have some actual competitors.
The value of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag appears to be like prefer it may very well be aggressive although. Whereas not confirmed, Ishan Agarwal (a leaker with a very good observe report) has instructed 91Mobiles that the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag will value around 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 features
Whereas nothing has but been confirmed in regards to the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, we have a good suggestion of what to anticipate.
The largest leak takes the type of images, displaying the tracker within the flesh. You’ll be able to see that it’s basically a small black piece of plastic, with the Galaxy SmartTag title on it, and a gap to connect it to a keyring or lanyard.
Unsurprisingly it appears to be like a lot like a Tile tracker, and just like the Tile Professional and Tile Mate it ought to have a user-replaceable 3V CR2032 battery, primarily based 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 that you’ll be able to press to make your cellphone ring loudly, so you’ll be able to find your handset. That’s on high of the primary characteristic we’re anticipating from the SmartTag, which is to assist you to find any object it is hooked up to through a companion app in your cellphone.
Primarily based on the certification it would use Bluetooth 5.1 for this, which might theoretically enable for monitoring devices up to 400 meters away indoors, and 1000 meters away open air.
There’s no point out of LTE, GPS, or different advanced monitoring options although, so in case your misplaced merchandise ends up additional away you may be 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 gadgets within the neighborhood to detect a Bluetooth Low Vitality sign that it places out.
So a Samsung Galaxy SmartTag may additionally be capable of talk with the military of Galaxy gadgets 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 hold observe of objects like wallets, keys, earbuds, and more”, as anticipated, and likewise contains a picture (beneath) displaying a design much like the one above.
Lastly, whereas we’ve noted the possibility of black and oatmeal colours above, a leaker had beforehand instructed 91Mobiles to anticipate black and white shades. Either manner, it appears to be like very probably that black shall be one of many coloration choices, with each leaks and the images above suggesting as much.