Samsung has introduced the SmartTag 2, a tracking device similar to Apple’s AirTag, succeeding the original SmartTag launched in 2021. Unlike the original version, which offered both Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) variants, the new SmartTag 2 combines both features into a single model. However, it’s important to note that it is still exclusively compatible with Samsung smartphones.
The SmartTag 2 boasts a redesigned ring-shaped form factor, featuring metal on the inner part of the ring to enhance durability, as opposed to the previous punch-hole design. This new design allows for better compatibility with accessories like clips and keyrings, making it easier to attach to items such as bags and luggage. Additionally, it now comes with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, making it suitable for tracking outdoor items like pets.
The SmartTag 2 now comes with an improved battery, providing a longer-lasting performance. In Power Saving Mode, it offers a range of 700 days, while in Normal Mode, it lasts for 500 days – a 50 percent enhancement compared to the previous model. Additionally, a new feature called Lost Mode enables users to input contact information via a message. This way, anyone who discovers an item with a SmartTag 2 can scan the tag and access the owner’s message and contact details.
As before, the SmartTag 2 is designed to be attached to valuable items such as keys, wallets, and suitcases. It allows for close-range tracking via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and long-distance tracking using ultra-wideband (UWB). Samsung’s augmented reality (AR) technology can guide users visually toward the item through the camera of a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Furthermore, the SmartTag 2 can control smart home appliances via the SmartThings app.
It’s worth noting that, currently, the SmartTag 2 only works with Samsung devices, including both tracking and being part of the worldwide tracking network. Google’s Find My Device network has not yet been implemented, partly due to security concerns, and is awaiting Apple’s proposed specification. Both Google and Apple plan to release a specification for unwanted tracking alerts for both iOS and Android by the end of 2023.
It remains uncertain whether Samsung’s devices will support this specification as well, so potential users may want to wait for further developments. The SmartTag 2 will be available globally on October 11 in black or white color options, priced at $30.