Samsung is announcing a new version of its SmartTag item trackers at their Developer Conference today. The aptly named SmartTag2 is the company’s second-generation locator device and now features longer battery life, more durability between the elements, and better signal penetration with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), so you can find it even if ends Underground, according to Samsung.
SmartTag2 is also smaller than the previous model, so it can fit into smaller places in your bags and live discreetly among your keys. It now has a rated battery life of up to 700 days, beating the previous model at 165 days and even Apple’s AirTags, which last about a year on a single CR2032 battery. It’s not as long as Tile’s three-year battery in the sticker tracker, but Samsung’s isn’t disposable like many Tiles, as the SmartTag2 is powered by a CR2032. Battery that you can replace.
If you were worried about wet, dusty or icy conditions when selecting an item tracker, you no longer have to with the new Samsung SmartTag2 as it now comes with an IP67 rating. The keychain is also larger for easy attachment of keychains and has a metal ring on the inside for added durability.
Samsung also updated its SmartThings Find app, which now includes a full-screen map view and a new interface, plus newly registered SmartTags now have a shortcut in the app to find them faster. You need a newer Samsung device to use SmartTag2.
The new SmartTag2 is announced on the same day as the Samsung Developer Conference, where the company shares new details about its One UI 6 version of Android. Samsung will launch the new SmartTag2 globally on October 10. It hasn’t revealed pricing yet, but the previous model cost $39.