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Rumor: Galaxy S8 may be the first smartphone to feature Bluetooth 5.0

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Last updated: December 14th, 2016 at 11:36 UTC+01:00

It appears that the Galaxy S8 is going to be a smartphone of many firsts. The handset is likely to be the first smartphone to feature optical fingerprint recognition and we’ve now heard that there’s a possibility that the Galaxy S8 may be the first smartphone to come with Bluetooth 5.0.

Bluetooth 5.0 was officially adopted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group as the latest version of the core specification last week. Bluetooth 5.0 promises faster speed, longer range and larger broadcast message capacity. It also provides improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. Bluetooth SIG says that the latest standard has four times the range, two times speed and eight times broadcast message capacity as compared to Bluetooth 4.0. The group expects devices with Bluetooth 5.0 to arrive “within two to six months.”

Samsung is one of the members of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and its upcoming flagship – the Galaxy S8 – in undoubtedly going to be one of the biggest smartphones of 2017. It makes perfect sense for the Galaxy S8 to be the first smartphone to feature the new Bluetooth standard.

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