Xiaomi Mi Band 3 NFC Version Teased to Launch Soon in China With Support for City Bus Card Payments

Xiaomi's Mi Band 3 NFC version is expected to go on sale in China this month.

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After launching the Mi Band 3 a few months back, the NFC version of the fitness tracker is finally set to go on sale in China. The standard version of the Mi Band 3 was available for sale soon after launch, however, the same wasn’t true for the higher end NFC variant.

A recent video posted by Xiaomi on its official Weibo page showcasing the all-new Mi Band 3 NFC version all but confirm that the fitness tracker will soon be available on sale. Moreover, Xiaomi had also promised at the official launch that the Mi Band 3 NFC version will go on sale somewhere in September. Therefore, it won’t be surprising to see the Chinese internet company silently rolling out the band to the public through its retail partners in the coming week.

Very recently, Huang Wang, CEO of Huami, posted on Weibo that the Mi Band 3 NFC version has finally passed three certification test, and is all but ready to hit the stores. Apparently, Huami is the manufacturer behind the Xiaomi’s Mi Band lineup. The latter had, in fact, made a substantial investment in the former a few years back, thereby making it a subsidiary. Apart from manufacturing Mi Bands, Huami also sells various fitness wearables under its Amazfit brand. It currently sells four different smart wearables in India, out of which two, namely Amazfit Cor and Amazfit Pace were launched earlier today.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 3 NFC Version: Contactless PoS Payments, City Bus Card Support

One of the major highlights of the Mi Band 3 NFC version is the ability to make contactless payments. The band comes with support for Mi-Pay, which apparently is Xiaomi’s answer to Apple and Google Pay. The Mi-Pay, while not being anywhere close to Samsung Pay, is a worthy replacement of Google Pay and Apple Pay in China.

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The Mi Band 3 NFC version’s support for Mi Pay will help you make contactless payments across various merchant outlets having NFC compatible PoS machines. Additionally, the Mi Band 3 NFC version comes with support for City Bus Card payments which works in over 167 cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Suzhou, Hefei, Xi’an, Jilin among others.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 3 NFC Version: Specifications, Features

Apart from the added benefit of making contactless payments, not much is different between the basic and the NFC version of the Mi Band 3. The smart wearable comes with a 0.78-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen display that features a curved glass on top as a mean of protection. Being a fitness tracker, the Mi Band 3 NFC version comes with water and dust resistance. You can even take it for a swim as it is rated as completely waterproof up to 50 meters. Another highlight of the Mi Band 3 NFC version is its battery life. Despite sporting an NFC chip and a heart rate sensor, Xiaomi claims that the band can last up to 20 days on a single charge.

Just like the Mi Band 3, the NFC version of the band to come with an intuitive user interface. The display on the top of the band shows a variety of information which includes date, time, weather, various tracking parameters including step count, calories burnt, heart rate, and even notifications of incoming calls and messages. Besides, you can also set your alarm on the Mi Band 3, and this would result in the band to vibrate during the stipulated time. Additionally, the Mi Band 3 NFC version comes with the ability to snooze or shut down the alarm all together directly from the touchscreen of the tracker.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 3 NFC Version: Price, Availability

The Mi Band 3 NFC version is priced at 1999 Yuan (Rs 2,100), which is slightly higher than the 169 Yuan (Rs 1,783) basic variant. The band is expected to go on sale in China later this month. With that said, its highly unlikely for Xiaomi to bring the NFC powered version of the Mi Band 3 to India, as the Mi Pay facility is currently limited only to its homeland. Some industry analysts, however, claim that the Mi Pay will be making its way to India soon.

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