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What is Bluetooth 5 and How is It Better Than its Predecessor?

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Bluetooth 5 featured with Galaxy S8

Wireless communication technology is progressing faster than anyone ever thought of. At the moment, 5G network connectivity is now being tested elsewhere. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi gained speeds of up to 1Gbps. Of course, the next logical upgrade will be in Bluetooth technology and it looks like Bluetooth 5 has got it covered.

What is Bluetooth 5?

As the name implies, it is the fifth generation of the popular device-to-device wireless communication technology. Unlike other wireless technology, Bluetooth is limited on range as well as data throughput. However, the fifth-generation Bluetooth technology or Bluetooth 5 has upgraded these two to include a considerable jump in performance.

A standard Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy or BLE module will have a theoretical maximum range of 60 meters. The same wireless technology will have a data throughput of around 25Mbps. On the other hand, the new Bluetooth technology offers as much as 4x the range of standard BLE and twice the speed; 240 meters and 50Mbps, respectively. Furthermore, the consortium has dropped the LE branding since low energy is already built into the core of all Bluetooth devices moving forward.

Bluetooth 5 featured with Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 features Bluetooth 5 (via samsung.com)

Devices using Bluetooth 5

At the moment, there is only one device to sport the said Bluetooth module, the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the new wireless technology is quite attractive to some, Bluetooth 5 is still relatively new. Meaning, apart from the Galaxy S8, no other device on the market has used the new technology.

This will somewhat affect the adoption of the new wireless connectivity since device makers are still pretty contented with BLE. However, before long, the market will soon be saturated with third-party devices supporting the new Bluetooth standard.

What about cross-compatibility?

As always, the consortium that handles the Bluetooth standard has made it a point to make succeeding updates backwards compatible with older standards. Users do not have anything to worry about when it comes to connectivity as the new technology will also support the current mainstream Bluetooth technology. However, the only way consumers will be able to make use of its full potential is by using Bluetooth 5-enabled devices connected with each other. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

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