Leaked document reveals that the Xiaomi Mi 5 will support NFC connectivity?

Xiaomi Mi 5 appears on a list of handsets that support NFC

Xiaomi Mi 5 appears on a list of handsets that support NFC

Back when Xiaomi was unveiling its current Xiaomi Mi 4 flagship phone, the question came up about why the manufacturer decided not to offer NFC connectivity on the handset. CEO Lei Jun stated that the company discovered that only 1% of those toting the Xiaomi Mi 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 2A bothered to employ NFC on those devices.             

It appears that Xiaomi is giving NFC another shot. A document released by China UnionPay lists 32 phones that will offer its "Cloud Lightening Pay" (translated) mobile payment service. The feature requires that those 32 handsets support NFC. Among the phones on the list is the Xiaomi Mi 5. This would appear to be a pretty good sign that NFC is coming back to Xiaomi on its new flagship phone.

If China UnionPay sounds familiar, that is because we have written about the bank before. It happens to be the lone financial institution in China to handle interbank payments, and its reluctance to sign off on Apple Pay is one of the big reasons why Apple cannot get its mobile payment service launched in the country.       

Besides NFC support, we should see the Mi 5 come to market clad in metal, and equipped with a fingerprint scanner embedded inside a home button.

Thanks for the tip!

source: GizmoChina                         

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Mi 5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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9 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Personally I never saw anyone use NFC. Third world problems.

3. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Me either.

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

wow... its a very big news :D I am more concerned about the performance, camera and battery life of the phone, rather then it has NFC or not

4. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Haha. I'd give you 100 thumbs ups if I could.

6. iM2.0

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Hate Xiaomi phones, so cheap and crappy

7. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Why crappy? Do you prefer to buy smilliar spec'd phone with expensive price tag? Someone asked me to repair his bricked Mi4 (succeeded). I'm impressed with the build quality and good camera. The UI doesn't lag too.

10. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Pure specs aren't everything.

8. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Said by someone who's never owned or held a Xiaomi phone ever Mr iM2.0

9. if-i-could

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

i dont want nfc, metal body, 2k or 4k display, fancy colour, slim or light device.. i want a powerful and durable (battery) device with low price.. am i asking for more??

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