Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will have a 1.2-inch display and will let you make payments via Google Pay

Xiaomi's upcoming fitness band will have a bigger and better display and NFC support on the global version for contactless payments

Xiaomi has been making its Mi Band fitness tracker better than the last one with each new iteration, by adding new features and nifty upgraded. Take the Mi Band 4 for example which now comes with a colour OLED display compared to the monochrome OLED display on its predecessor, the Mi Band 3.

However, it's also a fact that both the bands look exactly the same since the design hasn't changed a bit. But Xiaomi could go all out with its upcoming Mi Band 5 which will pack some major upgrades over the Mi Band 4.

According to the latest rumors doing the rounds, the Mi Band 5 will look very different than the Mi Band 4, because it will sport a bigger display. The Mi Band 5 will come with a 1.2-inch OLED colour display compared to the 0.95-inch colour OLED display on its predecessor. A bigger display means that users will not only have better visibility and larger text but also more touch-sensitive screen to interact with the fitness band.

Mi Band 5 will pack a bigger display and NFC

Xiaomi Mi Band 4
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 has a 0.95-inch Color OLED display Xiaomi

This will be a major upgrade compared to the earlier days when the fitness bands only have a few LED dots that would glow up and it was just a tracking device and nothing more. All of the data was accessible on the app in the wearer's phone.

Mi Band 5 with its larger display will be able to display a lot more stuff than before, yet be compact and small enough to be called a fitness band and not a smartwatch, which Xiaomi already has in the form of the Mi Watch and the recently launched and more affordable Mi Watch Color.

The Global Verizon of the Mi Band 5 is also said to have NFC connectivity which opens the doors to contactless payments and a lot more. So, the next time you're at a coffee shop, you'll be able to make payments using your Mi Band 5 using Google Pay support. Xiaomi's Mi Pay is the only payment option that's supported on the Mi Band 4 and it's not available everywhere, but this could change when the Mi Band 5 is launched.


Xiaomi's Mi Bands have always been priced under $40 or S$50, and this will also be the case with the Mi Band 5 which is expected to start at CNY 179 or roughly $25 in China, but the Global Verizon could cost a little more.

Xiaomi's smart wearables subsidiary Huami has already confirmed that it has started working on the Mi Band 5 and we could expect the band to be launched in China sometime in June, followed by a global launch the next month.

This article was first published on January 9, 2020