Bluetooth 5 has arrived at last, but few accessories will be able to support it before 2018.
If you are looking for a Bluetooth accessory, maybe it’s better to wait until next year. The two major smartphone manufacturers, Samsung and Apple, are moving quickly towards the Bluetooth 5 , already present in the Galaxy S8 .
However, the accessories can be found with difficulty on the market ; probably when the three best-selling smartphone will go to Bluetooth 5, then the market of third-party accessories will move accordingly.
The current devices on the market are not outdated and Bluetooth technology 4-4.2 survive for at least a couple of years; However, if you purchased a new phone, the devices will be slower and will not be able to take full advantage of the next generation of Bluetooth.
The Bluetooth technology is capable of transferring data at double speed compared to Bluetooth 4.2 and can work at greater distances.
Theoretically, a Samsung Galaxy S8, paired with a Bluetooth speaker 5, it can run up to 260 meters away from each other.
However, it is worth specifying that because of walls and terrain in general, probably they will not work at a great distance, as well as Bluetooth 4.2 devices do not really work well to the current limit of 66 feet.
Of course, today you can buy a receiver Bluetooth 4.2 $ 100, but if you plan to buy, for example, the new iPhone 8 , the speaker Bluetooth 5 $ 100 that will be purchased in 2018 could work throughout your home , rather than just in a room next door.
With a maximum range of about 800 feet, the improvements will be extended to IoT devices, allowing Bluetooth to 5 to replace substantially (or make up) Wi-Fi connectivity for smart devices.
How long will you wait?
Probably, though, you will have to wait until the beginning of 2018. The companies have not yet started to build devices that support the Bluetooth 5; Samsung Galaxy S8 is the only phone that currently supports this standard. But something will begin to change in the coming months.
Anker says that soon will begin selling Bluetooth products 5, probably towards the end of this year or early 2018.
If you absolutely need a Bluetooth device, do not wait until the new year, but if it is not necessary you should wait; the next generation of Bluetooth accessories will make an important improvement over what we have seen until now.