Back in January, Samsung announced its Galaxy SmartTag line of item trackers. At the time, Samsung said later this year, it will release the premium SmartTag Plus which will come powered with ultra-wideband (UWB) technology that enables more precise tracking of an item than Bluetooth. According to the latest news, now, there are some clues that suggest Samsung will be releasing the SmartTag Plus as early as 12th April 2021.
One of the hints that SmartTag Plus will be coming soon is retailer B&H Photo already has the black model of the device available for preorder with an “expected availability” of 12th April 2021. You can click here to get into the B&H listing where you will be able to preorder a SmartTag Plus for yourself. However, note that since Samsung has not yet shared the date of launch itself, it is possible for B&H to change this expected date.
Samsung SmartTag Plus also appeared in the Federal Communications Commission filing which was made public on Wednesday. This is a clear indication that a product will be available for sale in the near future.
Note that Samsung is not the one and only company that is interested in UWB technology. As per rumors, Apple is also working on a UWB equipped item tracker of its own which might be named AirTags. Apple has already built its U1 chips which enable UWB into the iPhone 11 series, iPhone 12 series, and Apple Watch Series 6. However, Apple has not utilized the technology much. Apple has only used the technology in its AirDrops. Apple’s U1 chip will also let BMW iX owners wirelessly unlock their cars.
Back in January this year, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is planning to release its AirTags by this year. Reports suggest Tile is also working on its own item tracker with UWB.