Samsung's $30 Galaxy SmartTag 2 arrives on October 11 with an all-new design

Samsung has unveiled the SmartTag 2, an AirTag-like monitoring gadget that is a successor to the unique SmartTag released in 2021. Not like the unique, which had each Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) variants, the brand new model will mix each options in a single mannequin. The first downside is that it nonetheless solely works with Samsung smartphones.

The brand new mannequin sports activities an all-new ring-shaped design, with metallic on the within of the ring for sturdiness, fairly than simply having a punch-hole as earlier than. That lets it work higher with equipment like clips and keyrings, or connect to luggage and baggage. It is now IP67 mud and water-resistant as nicely, letting you do issues like monitor pets exterior. 


The SmartTag 2 has a brand new longer-lasting battery as nicely, with a 700 day vary when in Energy Saving Mode, or 500 days in Regular Mode — a 50 % enchancment over the past mannequin. One other new function is the Misplaced Mode, that lets customers enter contact info through a message, in order that anybody who discovers an itemn with a SmartTag 2 can scan the tag and see the proprietor’s message and call info. 

As earlier than, the concept is to connect them to vital belongings like keys, wallets and suitcases, letting you monitor them from shut vary through Bluetooth Low Vitality (BLE) or the world over through UWB. The corporate’s augmented actuality (AR) tech can visually information you towards the merchandise through the Samsung Galaxy smartphone digital camera. The SmartTag 2 also can management sensible residence home equipment through the SmartThings app. 

The draw back to the SmartTag 2 is that it solely works with Samsung units for now, so you would be relying not solely on a Galaxy telephone for monitoring, but in addition for the worldwide monitoring community. Google’s Discover My Machine community has but to go dwell, partially as a result of Google delayed it with private safety in thoughts because it waits for Apple’s proposed spec. Each corporations plan to release a specification for undesirable monitoring alerts, each iOS and Android, by the tip of 2023. 

It is unclear if Samsung’s units will help that spec as nicely — so you could wish to wait a bit earlier than leaping in. The SmartTag 2 launches globally on October 11 for $30 in black or white choices.

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