At Xiaomi’s major global launch event in mid-September, among many other devices, the company announced the Mi Smart Band 6 NFC to the European market. The non-NFC version of Band 6 has been out since March, but this time we got the promise of on-wrist payment support, driven by a partnership with Mastercard.
Today, the Mi Smart Band 6 NFC is finally available in Europe – not continent-wide, of course, but in only one country: Italy. You can buy one from Xiaomi’s Italian online store or Amazon Italy at the recommended price of € 54.99.
To purchase it for payment support, be sure to scroll down the listing page until you reach the list of supported banks. There are quite a few, but if yours is not on the list, payments will not work, at least for now. This version of Band 6 also has a microphone and Alexa support – you can talk to the assistant, but it does not talk back. However, it will display what you need on the screen.
We assume that the NFC-compatible Band 6 is only available in one European market so far has to do with getting the banks to support the payment system, which is likely to be a tedious process from country to country. As such, the band’s rollout across the continent is expected to be slow going forward.