Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with Bluetooth 5: Should you care?


Samsung just unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and while they both come jam-packed full of features, one that most people won't think about, if at all, is the new Bluetooth 5 standard.

In case you missed it, Bluetooth 5 was not only unveiled more than 9 months ago, but it is also going to come with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium in June of this year. Samsung will beat its Japanese competition to the punch, though, as the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available on April 21. But should anyone care about the new Bluetooth standard in mobile tech?

There are four main points that Bluetooth SIG, the governing body behind the technology, emphasizes on when talking about the fifth generation of the Bluetooth standard. The first, and easiest to comprehend, is the twofold increase in speed. So, obviously, your files will take two times less time to transfer between devices.

Another improvement in the new standard is the range. Bluetooth 5 should have four times the range of the 4.2 version. This is great news for IoT enthusiasts, as this would allow devices further apart to communicate more effectively. A new Bluetooth 5 modem could very well have enough range to cover your entire house.

With the better speed and range, Bluetooth SIG promised an eight-time increase in message capacity. This would allow the technology to send and receive even more data with less strain on the system. With this improvement, Bluetooth SIG is aiming to push the distribution of Bluetooth “beacons” - devices designed to transmit data to users through their various connected gadgets, in order to provide information on nearby locations, and improve indoor-navigation accuracy.

The last upgrade in the new standard comes with something Bluetooth SIG named “wireless coexistence”. This is a fancy catchphrase that basically means that Bluetooth 5 will play nice with other wireless services, such as your home Wi-Fi network, for example, and the two will not interfere with each other.

So, it all sounds good on paper. But will you actually benefit from this technology the moment you get your Samsung Galaxy S8+? Well, not really. In order for your phone to make use of the new improvements, it needs to have another Bluetooth 5 device on the other end. So, if you're using a Bluetooth 4.2 headset with your unboxed Galaxy, you will still have to play by the old rules.

However, a lot of gadget manufacturers are expected to make the transition to the new standard sooner rather than later. Therefore, the new standard on the Galaxy S8 is more of a future-proofing move on Samsung's part than a feature that we can actively use right now.

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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 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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16 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

While sighphone 8 will still use old one.....

10. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Spoken like a blind fanboy who doesn't know other technology or read other news than the samsung. Are you sure that they will use the old one? Where is your proof that the next unit will still use the old bluetooth one? Did you know: 1. The latest phone that they've released didn't even have a headphone jack. And they've released a brand new bluetooth earpods design for that specific phone. And 2. The S8 and S8+ still has headphone jack. And the package in it comes with a wired headphone jack. So in the end. They still used the old way of listening to music. While the phone that you're bashing has a lot of 3rd party vendors that has a lot of bluetooth or even lightning connected headphones. http://www.cultofmac.com/445298/best-bluetooth-headphones-for-iphone-7-and-iphone-7-plus/https://www.cnet.com/pictures/best-wireless-bluetooth-headphones-for-iphone-7/8/ So in the end. The "sighphone 8" that you were saying might fully used the bluetooth headphones. And lets not forget about those lightning dock speakershttp://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/7-of-the-best-iphone-speaker-docks-1325084 So before you continue bashing other products. Do some research first.

11. qxavierus

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Haha :) I can't believe you said that S8 "still has headphone jack"!?!? For your information Bluetooth can't transmit hi-res audio, and the AirPods are not among the best headphones (as per your links). While the s8 comes packed with AKG wired phones and DSD128 32-bit DAC support! Can you possibly imagine how much better listening experience you'll have with the s8? I'm not a fan of S8 (too large for me), but couldn't stand your uninformed comment.

14. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Heights of blind fanboism. What the f**k are you talking about. Get a life dude.

15. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

LMAO "2. The S8 and S8+ still has headphone jack." Have to be the blindest of sheep to see losing options as a positive. Forget having a choice, whatever Apple says goes.

16. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Bluetooth may be close to 320kbps MP3 quality with BT5, but it is a grand canyon from being capable of true (CD quality) 1400kbps FLAC audio. BT5 may boast up to 2Mbps transfer rate, but that is only so the bandwidth can be decreased to achieve up to 4x longer range while maintaining similar power requirements. BT5 actually keeps the same audio standards of BT4.2, which means that the A2DP spec adopted in July 2015 (revision 1.3.1) still applies, and nothing has really changed — SBC is the only mandatory codec, MPEG1-4 and ATRAC are optional. In other words headphone jacks are still superior and will be for quite some time. You can eat your words now.

2. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Wasn't there a user on here who was saying samsung will use 4.2 and Sony will use 5.0 Looks like they were wrong :D

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 835 supports Bluetooth 5.0. So most likely all SD 835's will have Bluetooth 5.0 support. Also people should care about Bluetooth 5.0, especially since it's more power efficient, and it supports a faster throughput in comparison to 4.2.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Future proofing is important...

4. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yes, definitely! The Bluetooth 5 is very benificial and that's what I look for at flagships this year.

5. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I am so glad Samsung uses Bluetooth 5.0! But I probably will still skip the S8 variant because of the curve screen and battery size.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Bluetooth 5 on board too! That's very typical of Samsung to stuff in the latest tech in its flagships.

7. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

What about the same old image sensor and LPDDR4 RAM not LPDDR4x?

8. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is better because it comes with Bluetooth 5 + LDAC unless Bluetooth 5 or Samsung has something similar or even better than LDAC.

12. qxavierus

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

LDAC seems promising, but still you have to buy special Bluetooth headphones to support it. Wired headphones still can't be matched by any other wireless technology.

13. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

To be precise, Sony headphones, LDAC is proprietary Sony tech. and would only probably go mainstream once Android O comes out where it comes as standard AOSP.

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