What Is Bluetooth 5.0? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Bluetooth 5.0 is the 9th iteration of Bluetooth technology.


Bluetooth technology has come a long way since it was introduced in 1998. Since then, we’ve witnessed over 12 versions starting with Bluetooth 1.1 to Bluetooth 5.3 today. Bluetooth 5.0 and further updates to the same series have chipped in with significant improvements. Hence, in this article, let’s look at Bluetooth 5.0 and its modifications.

What Is Bluetooth 5.0?

Bluetooth 5.0 is the ninth iteration of improved Bluetooth technology, and it was released in December 2016, after the release of Bluetooth 4.2 in 2014. Bluetooth 5.0 brings much-needed additions like the SAM (Slot Availability Mask), which helps reduce interference with nearby Bluetooth devices.

Apart from that, it also featured almost double the speed of 4.2 standards at 2Mbps. Bluetooth 5.0-enabled devices also have a more extended range to stay connected up to 800 feet. The power consumption was also improved thanks to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy).

The feature that we were excited about was Dual Audio, which, as the name suggests, allows you to play audio from one device to two audio peripherals. So, you could play the same or different tracks on both devices or even play two various audio sources on two other audio devices.

dual audio samsung

Not to mention, Bluetooth 5.0 delivers better sound quality thanks to increased transfer speeds of 2Mbps. This means that listening to CD-quality music over Bluetooth is not a distant dream anymore. We’ve already come across compression standards such as aptX and LDAC delivering excellent music quality over Bluetooth 5.0.

man listening to music

Then there’s Bluetooth 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3, which add a significant amount of small but essential perks to improve over the 5.0 standard. 5.1 added AoA (Angle of Arrival), used to locate devices and transfer data efficiently. Bluetooth 5.2 gets even better at saving energy while delivering great audio quality thanks to LC3 (Low Complexity Communications Coded).

Almost all the audio and video peripherals use Bluetooth to connect to other devices. Audio devices are the most popular Bluetooth devices. The advancements in tech have made a lot of difference in how we incorporate Bluetooth in our life, and the upcoming versions of the same will, hopefully, benefit us in many other ways.

How many Bluetooth devices do you own? What do you think should be improved in the upcoming Bluetooth versions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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