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Bluetooth 5 to launch on June 16 with 4x better speed, 2x more range

Bluetooth 5, the latest version of the universal wireless standard, is set to launch on June 16. The update will apparently be just called Bluetooth 5, without a point number in an effort to simplify marketing.


Specifically, Bluetooth 5 will increase the range of the wireless connection standard by 4x and greatly increase transfer rates for low energy connects with a 2x boost in speed.

  • 4x speed — it promises to have more than four times the speed of the current 4.2 version with only up to 25Mbps.
  • 2x range— the upcoming Bluetooth 5 will offer a range that doubles the current maximum range, thus bringing the new version closer to the range offered by Wi-Fi Direct with up 250Mbps speed.

In a letter published in the Bluetooth newsletter, Blue News, Mark Powell says:

Bluetooth 5 will also provide significant new functionality for connectionless services like location-relevant information and navigation. By adding significantly more capacity to advertising transmissions, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services to users around the world. It’s a great story and one we’re looking forward to telling from our upcoming media event in London on 16 June.

Stay tuned for more details coming with the Bluetooth 5 announcement next week.


This article was written by Heland Ortega, Junior Contributor of YugaTech. He is a graduate of Information Technology and Multimedia Arts at FEU Institute of Technology in where he is also now working as a full-time faculty. You can follow him at @helandortega.

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