Samsung announced its Galaxy SmartTag series of product trackers in January, and at the time it said that the premium SmartTag Plus, which has ultra-broadband technology (UWB) that enables more accurate tracking of a product in relation to you than Bluetooth does, would be released later in year. Now, however, there are some clues that SmartTag Plus may come out soon, possibly as early as April 12.
Perhaps the most telling hint pointing to SmartTag Plus’ impending arrival is that retailer B&H Photo already has the black model of the device available for pre-order, with an “expected availability”
The upcoming product tracker also appeared in archives from the Federal Communications Commission published on Wednesday. This may be an indication that a product will be available for sale in the near future, but there is no guarantee.
Samsung is not the only company interested in UWB technology. Apple has long been rumored to be working on its own UWB-equipped tracker, presumably called AirTags, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in January that Apple plans to release them this year. Tile is also reportedly preparing its own product tracking with UWB.
Apple has also built its U1 chip that enables UWB in the iPhone 11 and 12 series and even the Apple Watch Series 6, but so far it has not used the technology too much apart from the more precise AirDrop. The U1 chip will also allow BMW iX owners to unlock their cars wirelessly when the vehicle is released later this year in Europe.