is it really better and do you need it?
A significant number of new devices, which can be called smart, have support for the most modern Bluetooth 5 standard. It is highly likely that the recent purchase did not support BT5, since only a part of the companies are worried about updating and following the latest trends. Already these facts are enough to get interested in Bluetooth 5 technology and delve into its features. Despite the complexity of the function, it is not difficult to figure out what has improved in the new version.
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Bluetooth low power consumption headphone
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology was first implemented in the fourth version of the standard. Its name speaks for itself – the ability to wirelessly communicate with devices, spending less energy. Battery consumption is an important factor, especially for standalone devices like smartphones and wireless headphones.
Before the release of Bluetooth 5, the BLE system could work with the simplest electronic devices: small key fobs with access to the network, beacons, etc. To communicate with the headphones, a regular connection was still used, which consumed a lot of charge. The energy saving on a phone with the new technology does not reach significant values, but the difference is significant when communicating with devices in which scanty batteries are installed. This includes wireless headphones.
Moreover, in Bluetooth 5, all acoustic devices can exchange information via BLE. This can significantly extend the battery life. In practice, the result is not always as expected. The same AirPods worked longer when connected to an iPhone due to the use of the Apple W1 chip, which breaks Bluetooth connections to control the acoustics power. On Android, battery consumption depended on standard Bluetooth, which means the headphones were discharged much faster. The problem may not go away completely, but at least its severity will subside with the arrival of BLE.
Bluetooth Dual Audio
The Bluetooth Dual Audio system allows you to connect multiple headphones in parallel to one device. The function is not entirely new, it was previously implemented by Qualcomm. It was implemented in the Galaxy S8. In Bluetooth 5, the technology is part of the standard and should be applied in all devices.
Helpful! You can connect any 2 audio devices to a smartphone or other gadget with BT5, not just headphones. They can be 2 speakers or a pair of scattered headsets.
Faster, stronger and better
So the turn has come to evaluate the main advantage of Bluetooth 5 – high data transfer speed and increased coverage. Really much faster and much further. Bluetooth 5 allows you to cover 4 times the area, has 8 times the bandwidth and 2 times the speed. That’s just not all of this at the same time.
Helpful! You can only take advantage of Bluetooth 5 if both devices support the technology.
The devices themselves are already choosing higher priority values: higher speed or higher range. Headphones can take advantage of the double speed capability for fast audio transmission. The bluetooth tracker uses a wider coverage area.
Bluetooth 5 is capable of transmitting data at speeds up to 2 Mbps, while the previous Bluetooth 4.2 standard could not accelerate above 1 Mbps. The new technology is able to communicate with other devices at a distance of up to 240 m, although the limitation in Bluetooth 4.2 was a radius of 60 m. These are the maximum values that are achieved with a line of sight of devices. In the presence of natural obstacles, the distance is greatly reduced. These are amazing improvements anyway.
Does everyone really need Bluetooth 5?
The need for a standard depends on the goals. The difference in performance from Bluetooth 5 can only be felt when the technology is shared by both devices. If there is support on the smartphone, but not on the headphones, the system will switch to using the maximum allowable system for both devices. There is no doubt that Bluetooth 5 is fully backward compatible with Bluetooth 4, so there will be no difficulties with working on the new standard.
There is no need to rush to update all devices to Bluetooth 5. Full support for the technology is not coming soon. There is time, which means you can wait until a more dense integration of the function into the surrounding devices.