Xiaomi Gets into The Drone Business, Launches 2 Hi-Def Camera Drones

Xiaomi’s Lei Jun revealed the Mi Drone yesterday via the Mi Live app.

The drone was made by the Mi arm of the company with CEO Cai Wei having 7 years of experience in dealing with drones. The design of their drone was inspired by the dragonfly.

Xiaomi decided to enter the field as they saw an opportunity where most people think of a drone as nothing but an expensive toy. They hope to bring innovation in this field and offer features that makes the Mi Drones a worthwhile purchase.

The Mi drone comes in two variants, one with a 1080p camera and the other with a 4k camera. They will cost $380 (approx. Rs. 39,000) for the 1080p version and $456 (approx. Rs. 46,500) for the 4k version.

Features

The drone has a feature where if the drone is nearby a no-fly zone, it will automatically stop near the zone and will not enter the space. It can be tracked in real time, and will return automatically if the remote is disconnected. It uses PCB antennas which help extend the range to about 2 km. You can plan a route and using the remote control, set the drone to fly according to the route. It can also go to a point on a map assigned by you or circle around a set target.

Battery

battery

The battery can be monitored and when its low, it’ll flash a warning on your phone’s screen. It has a 17.4V, 5100 mAh battery which Xiaomi claims can give 27 minutes of non stop flight.

Remote control

remote

The remote control is simplistic in design and has several useful features built-in. Auto take-off and landing, capturing photos and videos, point flying, planned route flying and auto hover are all controlled by the remote control.

Camera

The camera contains a 12.4MP Sony made sensor, Ambarella sports image processor and 104 degree wide-angle lens. It supports shooting in RAW format as well and also supports live video at 720p with low ping at a distance of upto 2 kilometers. The camera is attached to a 3-axis highly sensitive gimbal, which stabilizes upto 2000 vibrations per second.

modular

One of the best features of this drone is that it is modular, and is easy to assemble and disassemble, allowing you to carry it in a bag and assemble it where you need it within minutes. This is one of the features that most other drones lack and will prove to be an advantage in favor of Xiaomi.

Specifications:

  • Propellers: 4 propellers with detachable shields.
  • Battery: 5100 mAh, 17.4V battery.
  • Camera: 1080p or 2160p, 104 degree wide angle lens with RAW support, 720p live video with low latency at upto 2kms.
  • GPS, GLONASS and vision based positioning

Image and news source: MIUI forums

A techie, Overwatch and Street Fighter enthusiast, and Sub Editor at ProPakistani.


  • atif

    America mai tau drone kay zaraya product home delivery bhe start honay lage hai.

    • Ishtiaq

      Uth jao Pakistan agaya hai Bhai.

      • Yasir Mahmood

        HaH.
        Nice one

      • KMQ

        The person was travelling to U.S. aur aapne usko jagah dia. Very bad…

        • Ishtiaq

          Lol haan jani quom ko jagana bhi tou humara farz hai na. Aur mazay ki baat tou yeh hai k woh travel bhi drone k through horaha tha kisi aam plane se nahi.

    • Taha Najam

      Not yet. Amazon USA is testing it with only a few users. Although Amazon JP has been doing it for quite some time in Japan.

  • lol this is 40 K for a toy :D :D

    • Check out the DJI Phantom line and you would be surprised how much these “toys” cost.

    • Geek At Large

      Drones are anything but a toy. They are being used commercially in various industries,

    • Taha Najam

      This is loose change for a photography enthusiast. Even a basic DSLR costs at least twice that much.

      • SMITH LATASHA

        use Gas k Gubare :D Control k lie Rassi ya Dhaaga Use karen :D

  • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

    Still their smartphones will remain banned in Pak unless they use separate imei numbers for dual sim phones.

    • Taha Najam

      Hah, you mean I’m using a banned phone?

      • KMQ

        Taha bhai, he must have meant ke official channel se PTA approved.

  • Shehzad Ahmed

    Amir bhai daily yeh Mars aur Jupiter ki news waghera dena zaroori hai kya?
    Xiaomi k Phones tou reach main hain nahi unn ki News dety rehty hain ap lo ab yeh Drone bhe ly aey. Rehem karain iss dil jali awam py khuda k liye :(

  • Muhammad Asif

    This is reasonable price for Drone lovers

  • ATTA UR RAHMAN

    i need mi drone battery in lahore pakistan how can i purchase