Samsung Releases AirTags Competitor Before Apple (Plus New Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Buds Pro)

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This week, Samsung took the wraps off a handful of new devices, including a competitor to the iPhone 12 as well as an AirPods alternative.

Most surprising was Samsung’s SmartTags, a competitor to Apple’s upcoming AirTags.

We’ll break down each of these products so you can see how they compare to Apple’s existing and rumored products.

Samsung SmartTags Steal Apple’s Thunder

Samsung beat Apple to the punch by introducing its own version of Apple’s rumored AirTags.

The company’s new SmartTags use an ultra-wideband connection to communicate with a nearby smartphone. They can also be used to activate compatible smart home devices.

Because they are so compact, Samsung’s SmartTags are ideal for finding lost keys and missing remotes. Samsung is selling its SmartTags with a starting price of $29.

Samsung Goes Big with Galaxy S21

Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 is the Korean company’s competitor to the iPhone 12. The new S21 series is an oversized phone that starts with a 6.2-inch display for the base S21 model. Samsung also unveiled an S21+ with a 6.7-inch display and an S21 Ultra with an even bigger 6.8-inch display and 108MP camera.

Samsung kept an equal playing field across its devices, bringing its wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto camera lens to all models. The Korean company did up the ante with its S21 Ultra, which has four rear cameras and an autofocus system similar to Apple’s LiDAR sensor.

Other features include a 120Hz display, 8K video, 5G connectivity that supports mmWave and 12-bit RAW photos.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung completed its trifecta with the new Galaxy Buds Pro. The new Galaxy Buds Pro goes head to head against Apple’s AirPods Pro with robust noise cancellation, ambient sound adjustments, automatic device switching, and more. The Galaxy Buds Pro is $50 less than Apple’s AirPods Pro, which cost $249.

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