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Xiaomi’s Mi Pay launched in China, works with one device only

Like Apple and Samsung users in China, Xiaomi smartphone owners are now able to “tap to pay” at contactless terminals in stores. But Xiaomi users will have an additional feature — they can also tap to pay on public transportation in six big cities there.  Specifically, those cities are Shanghai and Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangdong, Suzhou and Wuhan.

This makes Xiaomi the first smartphone maker to successfully support contactless payments on buses and trains in China, beating bigger players to the punch.

Users just need to touch their smartphone at the Mi Pay app on, at the supported retail stores to complete a transaction. As of now, there are over 4 million retail points supporting Mi Pay in China. Mi Pay also supports public transportation cards in major cities to make city commutes less painful and more fun. Xiaomi Mi 5 will get the support for Mi Pay with the MIUI 8 update.

“We don’t have global rollout plans currently,” said a Xiaomi spokesperson

The catch? It really only works on one of its phones, the Xiaomi Mi 5.

That’s because the Mi 5 is really the only phone in Xiaomi’s lineup that supports NFC. It’s likely Xiaomi took NFC out of newer models as a cost-cutting measure, as earlier phones like the Mi 3 had it.

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