Galaxy S8 may be first with Bluetooth 5.0, for double the speed and four times the range

Galaxy S8 may be first with Bluetooth 5.0, for double the speed and four times the range
Last week, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the final specifications for the next generation Bluetooth 5 standard. With it, the wireless range in ideal conditions would increase up to four times, and wireless speeds would double compared to the current Bluetooth 4.2 standard. The new standard is also more stable and secure, and offer less power draw.

The Bluetooth SIG says that better Bluetooth powered products are coming in the wearables, industrial, home automation and enterprise markets. Products with Bluetooth 5 functionality are expected to launch in two months at the earliest, they said, and, lo and behold, they weren't kidding, as the Galaxy S8 rumor of the day is that it will be the first phone announced with Bluetooth 5 on board.

Not that this comes as any surprise, considering that Bluetooth 5 will be the law of the land for flagships with the newest and most powerful chipsets next year, but still it's one more reason to wait for the Galaxy S8 unveiling with bated breath. Hopefully this new standard will make the next Icon X wireless earbuds edition last more than an hour with an S8. 

source: SamMobile

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

2x speed? It needs like 10x like now.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

On 5.0 speed will be 6 MB/s which is quite good but I agree in this era we need much more.

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Actually I am wrong. Its 0.25 MB/s (250 kB/s) which is total crap. Needs to be 50x faster than this.

23. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

this is what i read: "Speed alone should see a big improvement, with Bluetooth 5 able to offer connections of 721.2 kb/s for Basic Rate, 2.1 Mb/s for Enhanced Data Rate and a highest speed throughput of 54 Mb/s with the 802.11 AMP" source: redmondpie

26. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

The basic rate is what would probably be on most phones. For the latter two I highly doubt

24. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

but agreed.. need to be much faster lol

25. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Don't forget that bluetooth has it's own special 1 on 1 connections and is ssuuuuper power efficient compared to wifi connection. There is barely any interference and it uses so little battery life compared to wifi direct, that is why bluetooth is still alive.

2. shield

Posts: 892; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Lg G6 bluetooth 5.0

3. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

The s8 it is monster!

22. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

I held off on upgrading to the i7 and the s7 in hopes that the s8 would be awesome. So far it sounds like it is.

5. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Samsung should bring ddr5 on S8 instead of faster Bluetooth.

6. surethom

Posts: 1749; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

For me 5.0 is all about distance, lets hope all 2015 smartwatches come with Bluetooth 5.0.

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

If I'm Samsung I stop manufacturing phone for at least one year.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's ok Apple will invent BT 5.0 in the summer and we can all rejoice at their wisdom.

16. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

And they will say Bluetooth 5.0 as their own "innovation". #Courage?

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


11. Nopers unregistered

Brings it on par with the W1 chip.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

W1 chip enhances pairing not the BT quality. I've never had a concern with pairing. Turn on my headphones and they are paired.

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wow. 130 feet range. That's pretty sweet.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But... could the longer distance range of Bluetooth 5 be more of a health risk?

20. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

want be useful now. since it will be working backwards with 99.9% all the devices connected to

21. fyah_king unregistered

Dual loud speakers and I will be back with you Samsung.:)

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