Back towards the end of 2016, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announced that manufacturers would now be able to incorporate Bluetooth 5 technology into their devices. Then the rumors surfaced suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be the first to incorporate the technology into their handsets, and it looks like the rumors were true.
Samsung has recently announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and sure enough according to reports, it turns out that Samsung did incorporate Bluetooth 5 into the phones, making them the first to do so. So what’s the big deal about Bluetooth 5? Basically this represents a huge upgrade over the previous version of Bluetooth.
It will see double the bandwidth speed at 2 Mb/s and also it will allow users to go even further while maintaining the connection (4x the range). It will also support long-range low-energy Bluetooth connections. Thanks to the added bandwidth, this allowed for the Galaxy S8’s “Dual audio” feature which basically lets the phone stream audio to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, and adjusting volume for each device independently.
This means that you could use the same phone to share songs to two different sets of speakers or headphones, or a combination of headphones and speakers.