Bluetooth 5 with 4x range, 2x speed to hit new devices in coming months


Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) had made Bluetooth 5 official in June this year. Now, the SIG has adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification and manufacturers will now be able to build it into their devices.

The next generation of the wireless standard includes four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. It also improves interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation. It includes updates that help reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies to ensure Bluetooth devices can coexist within the global IoT environment.

Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG, said in a statement,

Bluetooth is revolutionizing how people experience the IoT. Bluetooth 5 continues to drive this revolution by delivering reliable IoT connections and mobilizing the adoption of beacons, which in turn will decrease connection barriers and enable a seamless IoT experience.

As per Bluetooth SIG, consumers can expect to see products built with Bluetooth 5 within two to six months.

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+