Xiaomi yesterday made its debut in the drones space with the launch of the Mi Drone in China. With its first-ever drone, Xiaomi is taking the competition to DJI with an equally capable drone, but at nearly half the price. Late last night, Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra put up a live unboxing video on Facebook giving us a very close look at the Mi Drone. Also Read - Mi Watch Revolve price drop: Xiaomi India offers limited time discount on its flagship watchAlso Read - Xiaomi to now use sound for charging your smartphones without relying on sockets
Barra started out the live video by explaining different aspects and features of the Mi Drone. While unboxing and assembling the drone, the near-hour-long video gives us a very close look at the drone. Unfortunately there is no actual flying since the unboxing video has been shot in a room. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could launch as a high-end phone with tons of exciting features
The Mi Drone is a quadcopter with four propellers and a camera attached in the middle on a 3-axis gimbal. Xiaomi has announced two versions of the drone — a 1080p capable variant that goes on sale in a few weeks, and a 4K capable variant that will be available for beta users in July.
The drone isn’t very heavy either and much of the 140 grams is due to the big 5,100mAh battery underneath. But on the upside, it allows a fly time of up to 27 minutes, which is more than what is capable on DJI’s drones.
The drone’s camera is attached to a 3-axis gimbal, which allows for image stabilization with a speed of up to 2,000 corrections per second. One variant is capable of recording 4K videos, while the other variant is able to record full HD videos at 60fps.
The drone is controlled with a remote controller with PCB antennas that lets you maneuver the drone from a distance of three kilometers. You can even attach your smartphone to the controller to see where the drone is going in real-time.
The Mi Drone is capable enough for professionals, while also offering a lot of assistance features for amateurs. There is a button for auto take-off or landing, as well as a homing button to bring back the drone to where it took off from. You can also chart a route and a prescribed trajectory before the drone takes off.
The 4K-capable Mi Drone is priced at 2,999 Yuan, which is Rs 30,700 approximately, while the 1080p-capable Mi Drone is priced at 2,499 Yuan, which is Rs 25,600 approximately. At the moment the drone is only going to be available in China, with no word on a launch in any other market.
Hugo Barra’s Mi Drone unboxing video follows.