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Does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 have NFC?

Find out if the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 can save you time at checkout.
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January 12, 2023
A Xiaomi Mi Band 7 in black rests on a mint yoga mat.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Xiaomi continues to impress, packing big specs into a comfortably small device (with a small price tag). But does the Mi Band 7 have all the features users expect from their fitness tracker? The new device offers a larger screen, a fresh UI, and plenty of new features, but what about NFC? Read on to find out.

See also: Everything you need to know about NFC

Does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 have NFC?

A Xiaomi Mi Band 7 and Xiaomi Mi Band 6 rest on an oak table.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority
To start, let’s nail down what NFC is exactly and why you might want it. Many popular wearables (as well as smartphones, tablets, and more) offer Near Field Communication technology, better known as NFC. This wireless communication is limited to extremely short distances. Most commonly, individuals rely on NFC to facilitate contactless payments through apps like Google Pay or Apple Pay.

The last generation, Mi Band 6, launched in China with two available models. The NFC version allows for contactless payments, while the standard model — which is, unfortunately, the version that’s sold globally — misses out.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 launched two versions in China, a standard and an NFC model, but only the standard model is available globally.

Similarly, the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 launched in two versions, a standard model priced at 249 Chinese yuan (~$37), and an NFC version priced at 299 yuan (~$44). Only the standard model has rolled out globally.

Even more unfortunate is that if you were hoping to find NFC on the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro, you will also be disappointed. The beefed up Pro device launched in two versions as well, with an NFC model exclusive to China.

What about NFC on Xiaomi’s competition?

NFC isn’t a staple on every device. One of the Mi Band 7’s closest competitors, the Fitbit Inspire 3 doesn’t offer support for digital payments. Shoppers would need to spring for the much pricier Fitbit Charge 5 to use Fitbit Pay. On the other hand, the latest Huawei Band 7 does offer NFC. Learn more about Xiaomi’s competition at the link below.

See also: The best Xiaomi Mi Band 7 alternatives