Samsung SmartThings tracker includes LTE-M connectivity

By | 10th September 2018
Samsung SmartThings tracker

Samsung's newest device will help you keep track of the important stuff.

The new Samsung SmartThings tracker is now official. The small device comes with a loop so that you can attach it to a bag, a set of keys, a pet collar, and more. You can then track the device in real-time using the SmartThings app on Android and iOS. The SmartThings tracker can be used to send a notification to the app, too, so that a person using the tracker can let their family know where they're at.

Another useful feature of the SmartThings tracker is geofencing. Using the app, you can set up a zone, and the SmartThings tracker will send you an alert when it exits or enters the zone. The device functions as a proximity sensor for smart home devices, too, so you can have your lights turn on when you get close to home.

Samsung SmartThings tracker close-up

The body of the Samsung SmartThings tracker is IP68-rated for dust and water resistance, and the battery inside can last up to a week on a single charge. Also included is LTE-M connectivity, which Samsung boasts has a greater range than Bluetooth and offers better tracking when the device is indoors or below street level.

The Samsung SmartThings tracker will be available from AT&T starting on September 14th for $99. Service is included for the first 12 months, but after that, you'll need to pay $5 per month or $50 per year for AT&T service. Verizon will launch the SmartThings tracker later this year.

Samsung's SmartThings isn't the first tracking device on the market, but its LTE-M connectivity makes it appealing. Some other trackers use Bluetooth for their connection to your phone, but the range of LTE-M means that you should be able to use the SmartThings tracker nationwide, so long as your carrier has the LTE-M network for it.