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Tile’s 2022 lineup features longer battery life, longer range, and UWB models

expansion / From left to right, you’ll find Tile Pro, another Tile Pro, credit card-style Tile Slim, Two Tile Mates, and a small Tile Sticker.

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It seems that everyone has recently invaded Tile’s lawn from Apple. AirTags For Samsung and its Smart Tags.The tile isn’t going to put it aside, and introduced Renewed lineup Of Bluetooth tracker products that help you find yours. The advantage of tiles over Big Tech rivals is that they have the only platform-independent product line. So if you’re not just in the Apple or Samsung ecosystem and you’re always losing your car key, it’s worth considering Tile.

If you're wondering where the battery goes, the back of the Tile Pro.
expansion / If you’re wondering where the battery goes, the back of the Tile Pro.

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NS $ 34.99 Tile ProOne of Tile’s products, with a user-replaceable battery, is a new long design that Tile says is modeled after a key fob. The more space you have, the better speakers and 400 feet of Bluetooth range.that Will still take CR2032 battery (also known as BIOS battery) The tile says it should last for a year.

Other Tile products have a permanent battery that says Tile should last for three years. Then the tracker needs to be replaced.I have $ 24.99 Tile Mate (Cheap keychain tracker for tiles), $ 34.99 Tile Slim (A tracker shaped like a credit card in your wallet), and $ 29.99 tile sticker (Small plastic circle with adhesive tape) For items where the loop connector cannot be executed. The range of these three items has been upgraded to 250 feet. This “increases 25% for mates and slims and 67% for stickers,” says Tile. All new trackers, including the Pro, are IP67 dust and water resistant and should survive 30 minutes of submersion in 1 meter of water.

4 new trackers Available now It’s on Tile’s site.

“Tile Ultra” to appear in 2022

Tile also made fun of the 2022 “Tile Ultra”. This represents the company’s entry into the ultra-wideband market. Tile did not provide a photo of the physical tracker. It’s just a mockup of what your app’s interface looks like.

Traditionally, tiles make a sound to help you find an item. All trackers have small speakers. When you press the “Locate” button, you will hear a small high-pitched ringtone and go looking for noise. Ultra-wideband (UWB), on the other hand, is a new wireless technology that allows you to physically identify items related to mobile phones. The app displays an arrow interface on your smartphone. It’s like a compass that always points to the object you’re looking for. The phone can also detect how far you are from the item.

Tile Ultra UWB interface. The camera feed as a background looks nice.
expansion / Tile Ultra UWB interface. The camera feed as a background looks nice.

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Whether you need UWB or the right place depends on your situation. If you are in the same room as your item, the sound will probably be faster. Most people can intuitively find the direction and distance of sound, and instead of looking for a smartphone, they can look for objects.If you can not If you are deaf or hard of hearing, drop your car key off the driveway, or are looking for a check bag at a crowded airport, you will hear the tracker. The UWB compass interface begins to make sense.

Tile calls Ultra “Tile’s best-in-class Bluetooth search experience,” but it doesn’t say whether the device also has speakers or can only be installed in UWB. An ideal device will perform both a ringing tone when it’s nearby and a UWB when it’s out of reach.

UWB support is currently difficult to obtain. Starting with the 2019 iPhone 11, Apple has provided the longest support Samsung has started with the 2021 Galaxy S21. Google plans to ship UWB to Pixel 6 next week and will introduce the UWB API to Android 12. According to Tile, this will be “the first Ultra-Wideband tracker compatible with both Android and iOS devices.”

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