Xiaomi has officially announced today that the Mi Band 3 NFC version will go on sale tomorrow (September 19) at 10 am for an affordable price tag of 199 yuan (~$28.99). This is coming almost four months after the Band 3 was launched precisely on May 31. Recall that Xiaomi announced a Bluetooth version along with a version that has Bluetooth connectivity as well as NFC (Near Field Communication).
With NFC, the Mi Band 3 can be used for contactless payments using Mi Pay in China. Apart from Mi Pay, the version can be used for bus card and subway ticket payment. The bus card feature will be enabled for use in 167 cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Tianjin, and several others. Xiaomi released the list of the first batch of bus credit cards that are supported and they are eight in all for now. The NFC version is also compatible with non-Xiaomi NFC smartphones.
In addition to the bus card payment and other contactless payments that NFC powers, the Mi Band 3 NFC version retains all the features of the standard version. The new version features a 0.78-inch OLED display with a resolution of 128×80pixels. The device offers a battery life of up to 20 days with normal usage. You also get water resistance, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, steps counter, sedentary reminder, call and message notification. The device also comes with weather forecast feature and alarm clock.