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Galaxy SmartTag vs. Galaxy SmartTag+

The Galaxy SmartTag+ is a new tracking device from Samsung. So, how does it compare to the original Galaxy SmartTag?

You can find out in this comparison guide between the two item locators.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ adds the AR Finder feature, which will help you pinpoint the location of the tracker by using the ultra-wideband connection and the camera on your Galaxy device.

Aside from the aforementioned difference, the two Smart Tag trackers are identical when it comes to Bluetooth range, Galaxy Find Network support, IoT automations and supported privacy features.

If you have a compatible Galaxy device, then we recommend picking up the Galaxy SmartTag+ as the AR Finder is helpful at locating missing items within a 15-meter radius.

Otherwise, the Galaxy SmartTag is the more affordable option of the two.

If you are interested, you can purchase either of the trackers on Amazon with the following links:

Galaxy SmartTag vs. Galaxy SmartTag+ Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for these two smart tags below.

 Samsung Galaxy SmartTagSamsung Galaxy SmartTag+
Dimensions39.0 mm x 39.0 mm x 9.8 mm46.0 mm x 46.0 mm x 10.5 mm
Color OptionsBlack

Oatmeal
Black

Denim Blue
Battery TypeReplaceable CR2032 batteryReplaceable CR2032 battery
ConnectivityBluetooth Low Energy 5.0Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0

Ultra-Wideband
Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 RangeUp to 120 metersUp to 120 meters
Ultra-Wideband RangeN/AUp to 15 meters
SmartThings App?YesYes
Galaxy Find Network?YesYes
Finding ToolsMap display

Ring notification
Map display

Ring notification

AR finder
Ringtone8 downloadable ringtone presets8 downloadable ringtone presets
Internet of Things Automations?YesYes
VolumeMute

Normal

Loud
Mute

Normal

Loud
Privacy FeaturesLocation data stored on secured SmartThings server

Randomized ID that changes ever 15 minutes
Location data stored on secured SmartThings server

Randomized ID that changes ever 15 minutes
System RequirementsSamsung Galaxy smartphone with 2 GB RAM (or higher) and Android 8.0 operating system (or higher)

SmartThings app
Samsung Galaxy smartphone with 2 GB RAM (or higher) and Android 8.0 operating system (or higher)

SmartThings app
AR Finding System RequirementsN/ASamsung Galaxy smartphone with ultra-wideband (UWB), 2 GB RAM (or higher) and Android 11.0 operating system (or higher)
PricingCheck price on Amazon.Check price on Amazon.

Dimensions

The standard Smart Tag is a smaller when compared to the plus version.

You can find the measurements for the two tracking devices below:

  • Samsung Galaxy SmartTag: 39.0 mm x 39.0 mm x 9.8 mm
  • Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+: 46.0 mm x 46.0 mm x 10.5 mm

Color Options

You can also check out the available color options for the two products below:

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag:

  • Black
  • Oatmeal

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+:

  • Black
  • Denim Blue

Battery Type

When it comes to the power source, the Galaxy SmartTag and Galaxy SmartTag+ use a replaceable CR2032 battery. Depending on usage, the battery life can last up to one year.

Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, the original Galaxy SmartTag utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0.

The Galaxy SmartTag+ also supports Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 in addition to being able to use Ultra-Wideband.

Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 Range

The range for Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 is 120 meters without any obstructions.

Ultra-Wideband Range

The range for the ultra-wideband connection of the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ is 15 meters without any obstructions.

SmartThings App

Both the Galaxy SmartTag and Galaxy SmartTag+ uses the SmartThings App to help you find the missing items attached to these trackers. You can also use the application to perform other actions.

Galaxy Find Network

The two item finders in this versus guide also utilize the Galaxy Find Network.

This feature uses other Galaxy devices as Find Nodes. When a node detects a signal from a lost SmartTag, it will send the location to the SmartThings server.

With Galaxy Find Network, you will be able to locate the tracker from any distance. Otherwise, you will be limited to 130 meters with Bluetooth.

If you want to use your Galaxy device as a Find Node, you need to agree to the offline finding option on the SmartThings app.

Finding Tools

When it comes to the tools use for finding, the Galaxy SmartTag is capable of displaying a map through the SmartThings app in addition to providing a ring notification.

The Galaxy SmartTag+ also support map display and ring notification. The Plus version also adds AR Finder, which uses the camera of a compatible Galaxy device to help you locate the tracker in its exact location. A glimmering green light will be shown where the missing item is located.

The AR Finder tool uses ultra-wideband, which means that it is limited to a range of 15 meters.

Ringtone

Both the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ Bluetooth Trackers feature eight downloadable ringtone presets.

Internet of Things Automations

In addition to finding missing items, you can also use both products to set up automations, such as turning on a light, with a press of a button on the tracker.

In order for this feature to work, you must use an Internet of Things (IoT) device that has been registered in the SmartThings app.

Volume

When it comes to volume, you can set both trackers in this versus showdown to Mute, Normal or Loud.

Privacy Features

The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ Item Locators both offer the following privacy features:

  • Location data stored on secured SmartThings server
  • Randomized ID that changes ever 15 minutes

System Requirements

When it comes to system requirements, both the Galaxy SmartTag and Galaxy SmartTag+ need the following:

  • Samsung Galaxy smartphone with 2 GB RAM (or higher) and Android 8.0 operating system (or higher)
  • SmartThings app

AR Finding System Requirements

If you want to use the AR Finding of the Galaxy SmartTag+, then the system requirements are higher:

  • Samsung Galaxy smartphone with ultra-wideband (UWB), 2 GB RAM (or higher) and Android 11.0 operating system (or higher)

The UWB feature is currently supported with the following Samsung devices (which are compatible with the plus version of the Samrt Tag):

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

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