Samsung announced its Galaxy SmartTag line of item trackers in January, and at the time said the premium SmartTag Plus, which has ultra-wideband (UWB) technology that allows more accurate tracking of an item in relation to you than Bluetooth would to do. will be released later this year. However, now there are some indications that the SmartTag Plus could be released soon, possibly as early as April 12th.
Perhaps the most telling hint pointing to the imminent arrival of the SmartTag Plus is that retailer B&H Photo has the black model of the device already available for pre-order, with “expected availability” starting April 12. Here’s a link to the B&H listing if you’d like to try and reserve a SmartTag Plus for yourself. But since Samsung has not yet shared this date itself, it is possible that B&H could postpone this expected date if it is incorrect.
The upcoming item tracker also appeared in Federal Communications Commission documents made public on WednesdayThis may indicate that a product will be on sale in the near future, but it is not a guarantee.
Samsung isn’t the only company interested in UWB technology. Rumor has it that Apple has long been working on its own item tracker with UWB called AirTags, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in January that Apple plans to release them this yearTile is also reportedly preparing its own item tracker with UWB.
Apple has also built in its U1 chip that enables UWB in the iPhone 11 and 12 series and even the Apple Watch Series 6, but so far it hasn’t used much of the technology except for a more accurate AirDrop. The U1 chip will also allow BMW iX owners to unlock their car wirelessly when the car is released in Europe later this year.