The newest version of Bluetooth is here, and although it is yet limited to a select few smartphones, it comes with a promise of increased speed and greater range.
Advantages of the Bluetooth 5.0 Over Bluetooth 4.2
- 2 times the speed as offered by Bluetooth 4.2-compliant device (maximum theoretical bandwidth – 2Mbps)
- 4 times the range of a Bluetooth-compatible device
- 8 times the broadcasting message capacity over Bluetooth 4.2-sporting devices
- Larger data packet size as compared to Bluetooth 4.2 (increase from 31-octet to 255-octet)
- Automatic interference detection and prevention on neighbouring bands
As of now, Android Nougat or earlier versions don’t have support for Bluetooth 5.0, and we will have to wait at least until the Android O shows up, in order to avail its full advantages.
Anyway, here are the currently available smartphones with Bluetooth 5.0 that you can have a look at, if you love using the Bluetooth feature, and want something that is future proof on that front.
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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL
Google’s both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL smartphones ditch the headphone jack. To make up for the loss, the company has backed the phone with the Bluetooth 5.0 LE.
These are the second generation of Pixel smartphones launched by the search-engine giant. The new Pixel devices run on the latest Android Oreo out of the box, have the best-rated cameras, and are powered by industry’s latest and fastest processor, Snapdragon 835.
The LG V30 is the most recent addition to this list of Bluetooth 5.0 supported phones. Aesthetically, this is the best-looking smartphone that LG has launched till date. It offers a glass-metal design.
The phone packs powerful hardware which is equivalent to the Samsung Galaxy S8. Apart from Bluetooth 5.0, it other prominent characteristic includes a 2K display, dual rear optics, water resistance IP68 certification and quad DAC for audiophiles.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Like the Galaxy S8, Samsung is also offering Bluetooth 5.0 support in the Galaxy Note 8. This 2K17 phablet currently only available in the US and Europe but it will be launched in India very soon.
Specs-wise there is hardly anything to differentiate between the Galaxy S8+ and the Note 8 but gives it a slight edge is the S Pen and dual rear cameras set up with dual OIS.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
One of the first smartphones to arrive with the latest Bluetooth version, the S8 duo has proven to be the right fit in Samsung’s bid at redemption (after the Note 7 debacle, that is).
Other than Bluetooth 5.0, the two have the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB/64GB RAM/ROM combination, Android Nougat 7.0 OS, quadHD+ AMOLED display, as well as a dual-camera setup at the back.
The differences between the two are only the sizes of the displays (the S8’s 5.2-inch one vs the S8+’s 6.4-inch one), and the battery (S8 has a 3,000mAH power unit as compared to the S8+’s 3,500mAh one).
OnePlus’ ambitious latest outing also joins the small list of smartphones featuring Bluetooth’s latest version. Otherwise too, the phone comes totting some pretty high-end specs – a testament to the company’s ‘flagship killer’ modus operandi.
These include a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB and 8GB RAM options, Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, as well as a 16MP + 20MP camera setup on the back.
Other than that, there’s a 3,300mAh battery with the company’s famous ‘Dash charging’ capabilities, 16MP selfie snapper, and a home button-embedded fingerprint sensor.
Xiaomi Mi 6
The Chinese company’s flagship is another Bluetooth 5.0-sporting smartphones and is expected to rival the others when it comes to the rest of its specifications.
With the Mi 6, Xiaomi has provided for a four-sided curved glass covering to protect the phone’s 5.15-inch Full HD display, while a dual-camera unit greets you at the back.
Other notable specifications of the phone include a 6GB RAM, octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8MP front camera, as well as a 3,350mAh battery with fast charging capabilities.
Well, that’s that for the Bluetooth 5.0 supporting smartphones for now. We will be updating this article as soon as new handsets compliant with the latest Bluetooth version start popping up.
Asus Zenfone 4 Pro and Zenfone 4
The new smartphones by Asus – Zenfone 4 Pro and Zenfone 4, have also got Bluetooth 5.0 support capabilities. These are the fourth generation of smartphones launched by the company, after almost a year.
Both, Zenfone 4 Pro and Zenfone 4, has a dual-camera setup and comes in a design very reminiscent to iPhone 7 Plus. The dual-camera horizontally placed at the back of the phone has a 12MP sensor with dual-tone LED Flash, Dual Pixel, Sony sensor and f/1.8 aperture.
The phones include a 5.5inch display, a 2.5D glass on top, and is framed in an all-metallic unibody design. Both phones will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat software with Zen UI 4.0 skin on top.
Last updated on 06/10/2017.