Xiaomi has announced a partnership with MasterCard and the release of the Mi Band 4 with NFC capability in Russia. Other European countries are likely to follow suit.
The Mi Band 4 with NFC is already available in Russia, with more European nations to follow.
The low-cost wearable is one of the most popular fitness bands on the market. Previously, only China had NFC support on the Mi Band 4.
However, the capability will be available in Russia beginning on June 16th. The wearable is already available at some stores around the country. Currently, the NFC edition costs 3990 roubles (about $58), which is roughly one-third the price of the regular model.
To use the feature, owners must first add their cards to the Mi Fit app and pick their region. We don’t know when the NFC option will be available in the rest of Europe, but it is expected shortly.
In addition to MasterCard, support for Visa, Google Pay, and PayPal is expected, although no time period has been offered. You may use the Mi Band 4 NFC for public transportation, just like in China. PayPass from Mastercard is accepted in a number of European nations, including Italy, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Switzerland.
All of this correlates with the impending release of the Mi Band 5. This is said to have NFC capabilities built in. So, instead of getting the Mi Band 4 NFC, you may wait for the fifth generation tracker. particularly since it is slated to include new features such as pulseOx, Amazon Alexa as an assistant, female health tracking, and more.
Another significant improvement will be a larger display. This is expected to increase from 0.95 to 1.2 inches. The Mi Band 5 will be introduced on June 11th, with actual availability beginning a week later.