Xiaomi Mi Drone unveiled: the first modular consumer drone


Xiaomi is quickly becoming a brand that sells not just phones, but everything: from air purifiers, smartscales, wearables to luggage, action cameras, rice cookers and now... drones.

The first Xiaomi drone has just gone official: welcome the Xiaomi Mi Drone.

At first sight, the Mi Drone is not much different than your regular quadcopter: it features a fully-rotatable 4K camera (a cheaper version with a 1080p cam will also be offered) stabilized on a gimbal, and there is a remote with a holder to attach your Xiaomi smartphone and use it as a viewfinder.

The really innovative feature of the Mi Drone, however, is the fact that you can detach certain parts of it and the drone is easily serviceable and practically modular: you can detach the camera module, as well as the rotors.

The Mi Drone ships with a 5,100 mAh battery on board and it should be able to fly up to 27 minutes on a single charge. Expected range is 1.86 miles (3 km).

The good news is that the prices for the Xiaomi Mi Drone are really affordable in a typical for the company fashion. The Mi Drone with a 1080p camera will cost some $380 (2,500 yuan), while the one equipped with a 4K camera will retail for nearly $460 (3,000 yuan).

Keep in mind that like most Xiaomi products, the Mi Drone will be sold first in China with no news about availability in the United States or Europe.


source: Mi.com (translated)

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6 Comments

1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Does it have Return to Home, Position hold, Altitude hold? If it's equipped with a GPS, then it's a steal price.. Eager to know which protocol they use.. Range should be 1km at least I guess.. Brands like DJI, Walkera will have to reduce the price to hold their position in this industry..

6. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

4-propeller system with detachable shields - 17.4V battery 5100mAh, 27 minutes non-stop flying - 1080p or 4K UHD camera, with 104° wide-angle lens - 4K camera at 3840 x 2160 pixels; supports recording of stills in RAW format - 720p live video with low latency from up to 2km distance - Camera attached to a 3-axis gimbal, stabilizes up to 2000 vibrations per second - Unbelievably lightweight design - GPS + GLONASS + vision-based positioning for max precision - Autopilot options: automatic take-off + landing, waypoint flight path planning, tap to fly on map, circle an object on the ground - Intelligently detects low battery and returns home automatically - Real-time location tracking for easy retrieval even post crash - Hovers automatically at the edge of no-fly zones - Built-in PCB antenna array in remote control for maximum reach - Modular design and foldable landing gear - RMB 2499 for 1080p, RMB 2999 for 4K UHD version

2. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

lightbridge?

3. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

House Xiaomi just joined the Game of Drones!

4. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

House Xiaomi just joined the Game of Drones!

5. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

4-propeller system with detachable shields - 17.4V battery 5100mAh, 27 minutes non-stop flying - 1080p or 4K UHD camera, with 104° wide-angle lens - 4K camera at 3840 x 2160 pixels; supports recording of stills in RAW format - 720p live video with low latency from up to 2km distance - Camera attached to a 3-axis gimbal, stabilizes up to 2000 vibrations per second - Unbelievably lightweight design - GPS + GLONASS + vision-based positioning for max precision - Autopilot options: automatic take-off + landing, waypoint flight path planning, tap to fly on map, circle an object on the ground - Intelligently detects low battery and returns home automatically - Real-time location tracking for easy retrieval even post crash - Hovers automatically at the edge of no-fly zones - Built-in PCB antenna array in remote control for maximum reach - Modular design and foldable landing gear - RMB 2499 for 1080p, RMB 2999 for 4K UHD version

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