Bluetooth 5 is coming with greater range, speed, other improvements


The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) revealed the next version of the wireless standard is coming soon and will represent a major improvement over the current version. Bluetooth 5 will be capable of supporting speeds twice the current standard and a range that is four times what is currently available.

One of the benefits the change in range will help support is better implementation of “connectionless” devices and services. Besides the ability to cover a larger area for things like beacons used in retail stores, the new standard will add functionality to provide information like locations and navigation. This additional capacity for advertising transmissions will help propel greater adoption according to the Bluetooth SIG.

Bluetooth SIG executive director Mark Powell also noted that the group is changing their marketing of Bluetooth with this next version. Notably, the SIG is dropping the version and point number in order to streamline the marketing message in hopes of making it more effective.

The official announcement and details regarding Bluetooth 5 are expected to be announced in London on June 16th during a media event being held by the Bluetooth SIG.

source: Bluetooth SIG

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • fistdeyuma

    LOL, just got some version 4 items and they are already obsolete. My hope is support for HiFi. At time time Bluetooth uses compression, a complete no-go with HiFi. Given that the focus on range and speed I doubt I’ll get my wish.