News Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Fitness Tracker: Larger display & Google Pay support

The Xiaomi Mi Band is perhaps the most popular Xiaomi gadget; its low price alone makes it the entry point to the Xiaomi universe for many. After the successful Mi Band 4, the first information about a successor is available. Does Mi Band 5 even support contactless payment via Google Pay?

With larger display and NFC

There is no official information or pictures from Xiaomi yet, but there are exclusive information about the new Mi Band generation. On the one hand, the display will be further enlarged, the Mi Band 5 will probably get a 1.2 inch color display. The still current Mi Band 4 works with a 0.96″ diagonal, the generation before even with a 0.78″ diagonal. Xiaomi will probably use an AMOLED panel again, but in a revised version. On the other hand, more brightness and a higher contrast should improve readability in sunlight.

These are the only information about the design of the Mi Band 5, but a silicone strap, the typical band design including a removable tracker and different colors are more than likely.

Both the third and fourth generation were released in China as well as NFC versions, but not globally. This seems to be different with the new generation. The NFC version of the new Xiaomi Mi Band 5 should even support Google Pay. Since Google services are disabled in China, the NFC versions are only used for contactless payment via Mi Pay or public transport tickets. With the support for Google Pay, a luxury feature of Smartwatches like the Apple Watch could also be offered for the small budget. But for this, an active smartphone connection is a must.

Release of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5

It could still be exciting to find out whether each Mi Band 5 is equipped with NFC or whether there is a separate NFC version again. The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is not scheduled to be released in China until June, but the price should be below $30, as usual. The NFC version should be correspondingly more expensive. What features do you wish for the new Fitness Tracker?

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