Bluetooth 5 Promises Four times the Range, Twice the Speed of Bluetooth 4.0 LE Transmissions

The Bluetooth SIG is about to officially unveil Bluetooth 5 on June 16 during a media event in London. One change on the marketing side is that they dropped the point number, so it won’t be called Bluetooth 5.0 like in Bluetooth 4.0, but just Bluetooth 5. The decision has been made allegedly to “simplifying marketing, and communicating user benefits more effectively”.

Bluetooth_5On the technical side, Bluetooth 5 will double the speed and quadruple the range of low energy Bluetooth transmissions compared to Bluetooth 4.x, which could be important for IoT applications where nodes are connected throughout the house.

Bluetooth 5 will also allow connectionless services to add location-relevant information and navigation. The specifications have not been publicly released yet, and made they will be on June 16. Eventually, you’ll be able to download them on Bluetooth “adopted specifications” page.

Via XDA developers

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7 Replies to “Bluetooth 5 Promises Four times the Range, Twice the Speed of Bluetooth 4.0 LE Transmissions”

  1. So in other words, we’re back at Bluetooth 2.0/2.1 speeds then… What a technological breakthrough…

  2. Are there already any USB transciever dongles or PCIe adapters as of yet that supports Bluetooth 5.0?

    Need to get a Bluetooth 4.x LE for my home automation computer anyway, would be nice to get 5.0

    1. Yes… Double the range (2), and quadruple the speed (4) would infer an ‘800% increase in broadcasting capabilities.’ (2 * 4 = 8 —> 800%). I would however avoid any reference or statements encompasing the lexical scope of PR when researching full version hardware updates. Just wait for the actual specification to be released and then think of a means to implement. One should also refrain from implementing the new— ‘version’ or what? do we call it ‘level’ now? just, Bluetooth 5 (I guess)— into something like a complete home automation mesh of some kind. Simply a matter of ‘hardware’ conformity, by letting manufactures have an assortment of models to choose from you are following a process which could potentially save you even more ‘energy’ and add ‘longer’ range.
      Also, why on earth does marketing have anything to do with proper versioning practices? Hardware in its true form relies on versioning, dropping an entire guidline to keep customers from asking their sales rep if it’s compatible or forcing a web store to add more front-end markup to reference all minor versioning updates will be such a headache. The Major/Minor versioning sytem apply to both hardware and firmware and was design for scale in parallel. Marketing industries of any size have become a joke! They need to know their place and not leave things of this matter to people who have no idea what proper archival methods are and what may need to be required for future trouble-shooting.

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