What is Bluetooth 5.0?

what is bluetooth 5

by Alex Gustman

Updated: November 6, 2021

The rapid spread of wireless headphones, smart watches and bracelets leads to the active development of the Bluetooth wireless communication protocol. The most modern and up-to-date protocol is considered version 5.0, 5.1 and 5.2. What features are collected in the modern version of the protocol you will learn from this material.

What’s new in Bluetooth 5.0?

Compared to the previous version of Bluetooth 4.2, the changes in the new version contain mainly:

  • Increased throughput by a factor of 2 – up to 2 Mbit.
  • Increased data transmission range by 4 times – up to 240 meters in an open space.
  • Lower power consumption.
  • Support of Dual Audio – simultaneous audio transmission to several devices: 2 pairs of headphones, headphones and a speaker, etc.

What’s new in Bluetooth 5.1?

Version 5.1 provides improved positioning and direction-finding.

What’s new in Bluetooth 5.2?

  • Improved ATT attribute protocol.
  • Availability of a new power control unit, which allows to dynamically adjust the transmitter power of the wireless network to achieve the best results in terms of communication quality and power consumption.
  • New LE Audio standard with support for time-linked audio transmission.

FAQ

What is the difference between bluetooth 4.0 and 5.0?

The fundamental difference is the data rate and the coverage area.

What wireless technologies are available?

NFC, Wi-Fi and IR port.

Will bluetooth 5.0 headphones work on a phone with bluetooth 4.2?

Yes, backward compatibility is preserved, but some features may not be available.

How do I know what version of bluetooth is on my smartphone?

View the information on the manufacturer’s website or in the device testing software.

What is the maximum range of coverage in bluetooth 5.0?

Up to 40 meters indoors and up to 200 meters outdoors. The range is also affected by the power of the transmitter. Mobile devices usually have less power, computers and laptops often have more.

Conclusion

The Bluetooth 5.0 protocol brings improvements in the form of increased bandwidth and coverage, as well as reduced power consumption. Even with the new protocol, the headphone connection is less susceptible to disruption due to interference. Version 5 is available mainly on mid-range smartphones and tablets, while the budget models often use the older 4.1 or 4.2 protocol.

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