According to the Xiaomi community forum, the Mi Band 5 / NFC version started to push the v22.214.171.124 firmware update from February 1st. And all the push was completed before February 2.
Mi Band 5 firmware update includes
- opening Romanian and Dutch languages
- repairing the problem of incorrect display of the lunar calendar
- repairing the problem of negative steps and zero consumption
- an enlarged dynamic color screen,
- a professional sensor upgrade,
- a magnetic charging,
- 11 types Professional sports mode,
- NFC UnionPay QuickPass,
- brand new female health mode,
- remote control camera.
Apparently, most fans are willing to pay a little more to get the NFC version. The presence of NFC is the only difference between the two models. The NFC feature enables contactless payment supporting transportation card, AliPay and UnionPay in China. Outside China. There are also rumours of the global variant coming with sport for Google pay and Amazon Alexa.
The Mi Band 5 NFC features a 1.1-inch AMOLED dynamic color display. The device also comes with support for a number of exercise modes now including cycling, jump rope, yoga, elliptical and rowing machine.
The smart band equally features a new pressure assessment, breathing training, PAI index (Personal Activity Intelligence), women’s health tracking and remote shutter control. These features are all absent on the Mi Band 4 and are tailored towards improving our health and lifestyle. In addition, the new wrist band now supports 24-hour sleep monitoring and REM (Rapid eye movements) detection. There is also a new magnetic charging feature onboard.
In terms of prices, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 arrived with a price tag of 189 Yuan ($27) while the NFC version costs 229 Yuan ($32).