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- Samsung has introduced the Galaxy SmartTag item tracker.
- Like Tile, the Bluetooth device helps you find lost bags, keys and other objects.
- A Samsung SmartTag will cost $29.99 and will be included with each Galaxy S21 pre-order.
The Galaxy S21 isn’t the only star at Samsung’s January Unpacked event. True to the rumors, Samsung has introduced the Galaxy SmartTag item tracker to offer fresh competition to mainstays like Tile.
As with similar gadgets, you can attach the Bluetooth device to objects you want to track, whether it’s your bag, a keychain, or a pet’s collar. From there, you can use Samsung’s SmartThings Find to locate the Galaxy SmartTag and, hopefully, recover any lost items. It’s not the most useful device in a pandemic when you’re likely staying at home, but it should be helpful whenever it’s safe to mingle with other people.
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Samsung will release the GalaxyTag on January 29 at a price of $29.99. You may not have to pay anything extra to get one, however. The company is offering a free SmartTag with every Galaxy S21 pre-order, so it’s effectively free if you were already bent on getting one of the new flagship smartphones.
It’s not certain how well the Galaxy SmartTag stacks up against Tile and similar rivals. This isn’t an unexpected move, however. Rumors of Apple making an AirTag item tracker have swirled for well over a year — whether or not that product reaches the market, Samsung can offer the SmartTag as an answer and keep more people inside its ecosystem.
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