There are two variants of the Mi Band 3 on offer: the Mi Band 3 standard variant and the Mi Band 3 with NFC. What you may not know is, the Mi Band 3 standard comes in either Chinese variant or in Global Variant. What’s the difference between the two and which one should you get? Let’s find out. 


I won’t make you read this entire article to just find the answer to the question you are looking for. What’s the difference between the Mi Band 3 Chinese variant and Mi Band 3 Global variant? There’s no difference.

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There you go, I said it. It doesn’t matter whether you buy the Chinese variant or the Global variant of the Mi Band 3, you are getting an identical product. The only difference you will see is in the packaging. While you get a box with English text on the Global variant, the Chinese variant gets Chinese text on the back of the box. Does it make a difference in the user experience? Well, not really.


Does the Chinese variant come with English language settings?

This is the reason why people look for the Global variant of the Mi Band 3. When Xiaomi first launched the Mi Band 3, the Global variant adapted the language settings as per the language of the phone. With the Chinese variant, you were stuck with the Chinese language settings regardless of the phone you used.

However, Xiaomi has pushed a firmware update on all the Mi Band 3 which adapts to the language settings of the Mi Band 3 as per the phone you use.

Should you buy the Global variant or the Chinese variant of the Mi Band 3?

You should definitely get the Chinese variant of the Mi Band 3. You can get it for a few bucks cheaper and you aren’t going to miss out on any features. There’s really no reason for you not to get the Global variant of the fitness tracker. Both the bands get updates on a timely basis too.

I am personally rocking the Chinese variant and it recently got an Excercise feature via a firmware update using which you can activate a dedicated fitness tracking mode on your tracker.

Hope this post was helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section down below.


  1. Thanks. Indeed very useful article. Please if you could also let us know whether NFC function works for payment outside Canada or not.

  2. How could the author make the comparison without real comparing those two models? Lame review!!!
    Two versions of the bands are not identical, but similar. Differences are :
    1. Display tint and brightness
    2. HR sensor

    • Interesting to read your comment. I have used both the variants.

      They have the exact same hardware. And there is NO Mi Band 3 variant without Heart Rate monitor.

      Where do you get such wrong information?😂


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