Bluetooth Versions and PineTime

I’ve done some tests with the PineTime [1] on different Android phones. On a Huawei Mate 10 Pro (from 2017 with Bluetooth 4.2) it has very slow transfer speeds for updating the firmware (less than 1KB/s) and unreliable connection to the phone. On a Huawei Nova 7i (from 2020 with Bluetooth 4.2) it has slow transfer speeds (about 2KB/s) and a more reliable connection to the phone. On a Pixel 4 XL (from 2019 with Bluetooth 5.0) it has very fast speeds for updating the firmware and also a reliable link.

Version 5 of the Bluetooth standard [2] was released in 2016 so it’s a little disappointing that the Mate 10 Pro doesn’t support it and very disappointing that the Nova 7i doesn’t support it either. Bluetooth 5 adds higher speeds and longer range for LE (Low Energy) modes which are used for things like smart watches.

It’s extremely disappointing that the PinePhonePro [3] only supports Bluetooth 4.1. It’s a phone released in 2021 that doesn’t even have Bluetooth 4.2 which was released in 2014.

For laptops the Thinkpad X1 Carbon 7th Gen release in 2019 [4] was the first in the X1 Carbon series to have Bluetooth 5. So I will probably be limited in my ability to use my personal laptop or PinePhone for testing Linux software that talks to the PineTime and I’ll have to use a laptop borrowed from work.

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