The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag Plus, the souped-up version of the Tile-like SmartTag Bluetooth tracker (released earlier this year), now has a release date: it will be available on April 16 for $ 39.99.
That’s a $ 10 increase in price over the standard SmartTag, which costs $ 29.99 – but the SmartTag Plus shows a notable improvement. It has an ultra-wideband radio (UWB) that allows users to track it more closely when it is nearby than the standard bluetooth feature. The UWB radio even activates a new AR mode that allows users to see exactly where their missing tag is.
To use the new UWB mode, you need both a Galaxy SmartTag Plus and a compatible UWB-enabled Galaxy phone. This list currently includes the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, Galaxy S21 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Apart from the new UWB functions, the SmartTag Plus works just like the normal SmartTag and uses the extensive Bluetooth network of Samsung Galaxy devices to locate missing objects. It’s similar to Apple’s Find My network, which uses iPhones and iPads to create a Bluetooth network (and thanks to a recent addition to third-party devices, it will soon offer a Find My-compatible tracker from Chipolo).
The upcoming release of the Galaxy SmartTag Plus means that Samsung – and not Apple’s long-rumored AirTags – will be the first major AR-compatible UWB tracking accessory to hit the market. Apple has reportedly been working on a similar UWB-based AR feature for its upcoming tracker, but despite numerous leaks and rumors, there is still no word on a release date.