Huawei Tag arrives as a cheaper alternative to the Apple AirTag
The Apple AirTag has been around for a while now, with Samsung also offering the Galaxy SmartTag and SmartTag+. While there are plenty of other smart trackers on the market too, Huawei has sought to introduce the Huawei Tag, a cheaper alternative than most that works a lot like the Apple AirTag.
On the one hand, the Huawei Tag dispenses with a GPS module, mirroring the Apple AirTag. Instead, the Huawei Tag relies on nearby Bluetooth devices to approximate its position. It is unclear whether these devices must be Huawei branded, though. If that is the case, the Huawei Tag may struggle to provide decent location accuracy in markets other than China. For example, the Apple AirTag is useless in markets where Apple has little presence, and it cannot function at all in South Korea. Additionally, the Huawei Tag also lacks an ultra-wideband (UWB) chip, rendering it impossible to track precisely.
Moreover, the Huawei Tag features IP67 dust and water resistance, plus a battery that should last up to a year between charges. Meanwhile, Huawei has included an NFC chip to share owner information when needed and a small speaker to help locate nearby tags. Currently, Huawei has only announced its smart tag in China, where it retails for CNY 99 (~US$15). Alternatively, the company sells four tags for CNY 299 (~US$45) and a keychain for CNY 69 (~US$10). As it stands, Huawei hopes to start shipping smart tag pre-orders on July 30.