Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled an enhanced SmartTag that is simply called SmartTag +. The functionality is still basically the same – you will still attach these SmartTags to items that tend to be lost so you can find them easily – but as the name suggests, SmartTag + comes with new functionality over its predecessor. Now, Samsung has said when we can expect the launch of SmartTag +.
Samsung has confirmed that SmartTag + will begin shipping worldwide from April 16. It appears that availability in the US will not be available on that date, as Samsung claims that SmartTag + will be launched here in the “next few weeks”. It is a little disappointing that there is no specific release date for the US in today’s announcement, but at least we know it will be released shortly after April 16.
In any case, the big update for SmartTag + is the addition of ultra-wide band support. SmartTag + still uses Bluetooth Low Energy as the standard SmartTag, but the addition of UWB tracking helps with location accuracy. It also means that you can track lost items using augmented reality (assuming your phone is also equipped with UWB 5G) that will guide you to the location of your lost item. When you’re around, you can make SmartTag + produce a ringing sound that will help you find the item, even if it’s out of sight.
The BLE functionality, on the other hand, can allow you to find items that are far away, as any nearby device that has opted for SmartThings Find can share the location of your item with the SmartThings server when you report it as absent. SmartTag + also has some IoT functionality, as it can be configured to control certain devices remotely through the SmartThings application.
Of course, this additional functionality will also cost a little more. A single SmartTag + will cost $ 39.99, which is $ 10 more than a single standard SmartTag. SmartTag + 2 packages, on the other hand, will cost $ 64.99, which costs $ 15 more than a standard 2 SmartTag package. We will see if Samsung shares more details about the launch time in the United States and we will update it if it does, but if not, keep an eye out for them to be launched on the Samsung website.