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Bluetooth Classic vs Bluetooth Smart | Difference between Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Smart

This page compares Bluetooth Classic vs Bluetooth Smart and mentions difference between Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Smart.

• The original Bluetooth specification 4.0 is called Bluetooth Classic.
• The low energy version 4.1 of bluetooth specification is known as Bluetooth Smart. It is also called by other names such as BLE or Bluetooth Low Energy. BLE includes latest bluetooth versions 4.2 and 5.0.


Specifications Bluetooth Classic Bluetooth Smart
Version Bluetooth Version 4.0 Bluetooth Version 4.1
Frequency 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Coverage range 10 to 100 meters 10 meters
Throughput 0.7 to 2.1 Mbps 25 Kbps
Maximum Nodes 7 No limit
Latency (time between the packets) 2.5 ms (data)
100 ms (connection)
Several ms (data)
<6 ms (connection)
Target applications High throughput, interoperability Low power consumption, mainly developed for IoT devices to manage IoT applications.

Also refer Bluetooth Vs BLE and Bluetooth 4.2 vs Bluetooth 5.0 for difference between latest versions of bluetooth technology.



Bluetooth and BLE Related Links

Also refer bluetooth tutorial covering following sub topics:
Bluetooth tutorial  BLE tutorial  Frequency  PHY Layer  MAC layer  Stack  Power classes  Security  products  versions  Bluetooth Vs BLE 


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