The new Mi Drone from Xiaomi has finally been released at a recent event held in China.
The design is not really very different to any other quadcopter drone that is available however the device is of a modular design that allows users to detach certain parts of it which makes it the first of its kind to be released onto the market.
Mi Drone’s camera and rotators can be easily detached making it more portable than many other models that are available to buy.
The drone come with 4 rotors, a 4K video camera, a Full HD resolution camera and is backed by a 5,100mAh battery which the makers say delivers up to 27 minutes of non-stop flying time.
The Xiaomi Mi Drone is controlled via remote control which also includes a holder that can store one of Xiaomi’s smartphones.
The smartphone display can then be used as a view finder for the camera. The drone also has an autonomous mode that allows it to take off and land automatically, return home and waypoint navigation. It can also be programmed to automatically circle around any point.
It not surprisingly uses GPS and Glonass to position itself and when there is no signal received it uses the visual positioning system placed on the bottom.
The drone will initially go on sale in China and the Full HD camera version will cost CNY2,499 (approximately THB13,600) and the 4k camera resolution version will priced at CNY2,999
By comparison, DJI’s new Phantom 4 drone retails for $1,499 US, approx THB53,572 or CNY 9,842.
It is not clear when or if the Xiaomi Mi drone will be on sale outside of China.