i checked several unboxing videos and it is not clear why and where the users bought these. but the results are very mixed. what i can tell is that the EU official retaillers should sell the EU variant. several italian users bought it directly from the local xiaomi retailler and all of those are the same EU variants. but i saw even asian guys got EU variants. so i guess ppl mostly buy from online stores because the official wholesale delays. maybe this will change if xiaomi finally fill their stocks world wide.
i don't think so. as @MagicalUnicorn revealed the collected data from the Zepp applications there is a clear clue that the international NFC variants exists. the infos what i collected just a confirmation for those who not sure about which model they bought/have. and i listed only what i found already. if we ever have an option to manually flash it will be useful too.
the 6 international NFC was delayed and most of us thought it was a rumour even if the revealed codes contained infos about the band. but they released finally at the end of september 2021. then it was available in stores about one month later. the standard version was releases in may 2021. so it's about a half year delay. i bought my NFC variant in october and got it soon, but i bought from aliexpress and not from a local retailer. i think in band 7's case the delay should be lower since they already have agreements with EU banks and the payments should be much more easier since band 7 has now Zepp OS (or some kind of variant, not exactly clear, but it's a linux) and not some kind of closed source RTOS like band 6 has. so it is a good chance that they somehow now release it sooner. but you know... Xiaomi is Xiaomi. they are not so trustworthy. they also told that they are really interested in the EU market, but bunch of stuffs or functions are not available here even if those GDPR/CE compatible. they can promise anything. it's a kind of cheap marketing.