As we explained in our review, the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 it is an excellent smartband, one of the best in the wearable sector. The only real jarring note in all of this is the absence of connectivity NFCespecially if you consider that this is not a real shortcoming. Yes, because in China the Mi Band 4 is sold with the chipset in question, enabling a whole series of functions, be it mobile payments or interfacing with the home automation house. Evidently the company has evaluated that it is not worth selling it in Europe in this variant, probably to keep the price as low as possible.
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The NFC version of the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is now on sale in Eastern Europe
Apparently, almost a year after its debut, Xiaomi has changed its mind, expanding the availability of the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 with NFC even outside of China. Thanks to a partnership started with MasterCard, the “new” smartband has also begun to appear in Europe. The slogan “MasterCard on your wrist”Emphasizes being able to exploit contactless technology directly from the smartband. Just pair your payment card through the Mi Fit app, without necessarily taking your smartphone out of your pocket. Whether you are at the supermarket checkout or at the restaurant, you approach it at the POS to make the payment and you’re done.
But don’t get caught up in the euphoria: the debut is limited to just one Russia, at least for now. What is certain is that this is a change to be taken into consideration, as it could anticipate a change in Xiaomi’s strategies. Although, considering that the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 should not be far away, it is plausible that NFC will be introduced with it in the rest of Europe.
Does Xiaomi Mi Band 4 NFC also work in Italy?
I state that we are not 100% sure, but the Russian site Xiaomi helps us to better understand the situation. First of all, the NFC payment functionality works only with the Russian model of the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, signed as MGW4059RU. All other variants (excluding Chinese, of course) will not be able to use them. In addition, it is pointed out that the Region set on the Mi Fit app should be Russia. Last but not least, the most limiting aspect is that it works only with MasterCard cards. If you have a VISA, a Maestro or American Express, for example, you will not be able to use it.
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