June 13, 2021

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The connected beacon gains more refined technology than Bluetooth

Galaxy SmartTag +, an improved version of the SmartTag Beacon, is a more accurate location thanks to UWB technology. It is also based on augmented reality technology.

Samsung took advantage of the formalization of the Galaxy S21 to introduce the Galaxy SmartTag. These connected cues make it possible to follow and find these everyday objects more easily. The famous manufacturer promised to return a more efficient Bluetooth tracker thanks to the use of Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. The latter appears on the Galaxy SmartTag +, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), to offer a more accurate location.

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Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, which has also been of interest to Apple for a few years, is attractive due to its superior accuracy and lower consumption compared to bluetooth. To enjoy it, you will need a UWB compatible smartphone, such as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 +, Galaxy S21 Ultra or Galaxy Z Fold 2. “UWB is a true game-changer, allowing body positioning to be locked with much greater accuracy.”Says KJ Kim, CEO of Samsung Electronics.

More accurate scale thanks to ultra wideband technology

The SmartTag + beacon also gives a leading edge to augmented reality to help locate a lost object. The user can actually use his smartphone’s camera to direct it visually while the smartphone displays the distance from the beacon. Once shut down, it becomes possible to ring the Galaxy SmartTag + to locate it. The Tracker can also remotely control a connected device via the SmartThings app.

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag +

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These different options aim to make it easier to find the beacon, while the Galaxy Find Network comes in support when you’re out of range. If the user is close and activates the function, it will be possible to use this network reserved for Galaxy smartphones to try to find a lost object. The approach is similar to Apple’s, via the Locate (and Find My Network) program that the Apple brand has just opened to third-party manufacturers. Samsung’s timing is also not trivial and appears destined to put pressure on its US rival. Apple appears to be gearing up to release AirTags, centering the rumors for a few months.

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Samsung ad That Galaxy SmartTag + will be available from April 16. However, the availability and pricing date for France are not yet known.

Thomas Estember