Samsung is preparing to launch the next-generation Galaxy S series smartphones in January. In addition to the flagship phones, the company will also launch a new tracker. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag tracker now has NCC certification. According to reports, a Samsung device appeared on the NCC certification website with the model number “EI-T5300”. The name of the device is “Galaxy SmartTag”.
This is consistent with Samsung’s trademark application at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The trademark application shows that this device is a tracker. In addition, a similar device has also passed Indonesia Telecom certification.
Furthermore, there are two sets of real images of this device. Although both have a ring in the front center, only one of them has the name “Galaxy SmartTag”. On the back, there is a Samsung brand. Just like earlier reports, the images of the NCC listing this time also show that the device has a hole in a corner, which may be used to connect a lanyard.
This tracker is a device that relies on Bluetooth low energy technology. It has a battery that can locate objects, such as keys, wallets, remote controls, earphone plugs, smartphones, etc. The upcoming Samsung tracker is expected to have Bluetooth 5.1, UWB (Ultra Wide Band), NFC interaction and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) functions.
As of now, the official details of this SmartTag is not available to the public. There are speculations that Samsung will release this device alongside the Galaxy S21 series on January 14.
Samsung has a similar device
For those who’re unaware, Samsung already has an object tracker under its SmartThings portfolio with the name SmartThings Tracker. It makes use of LTE connectivity to constantly track the object. With the all-new SmartThings Find, Samsung might be planning to revamp its object tracker and add the offline tracking feature as well. If that’s the case, then users might be able to track any object.
It’s possible that Samsung might add a few more connectivity options such as UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) to the Galaxy Smart Tag. Of course, the tracker will also feature LTE and GPS considering the 2018-offering packs the same.
The Galaxy Smart Tag will directly compete with Tile that already has a bunch of trackers under its belt. It is also worth noting that Apple is reportedly also working on an object tracker of itself. It will arrive with the Apple AirTag moniker. Earlier it was supposed to launch this month but Apple has pushed back the release to March 2021. Well, Samsung might also be planning to launch its Galaxy Smart Tag object tracker in a similar timeline.