Xiaomi Mi Drone was officially announced in China on May 25 in an online event. This is the company’s first UAV ever. It has been made by a company named Flymi, which is under Mi Ecosystem and the CEO of the company, Cai Wei has 7 years of experience in the drone industry.
Overview of Xiaomi Mi Drone
The Xiaomi Mi Drone has a compact lightweight body as it is made of polycarbonate and carbon fiber materials. The high-end variant of the drone rocks a 12 megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI sensor with 6P lenses, f/2.8 aperture, 94-degree field of view, three-axis image stabilization with the gimbal and has 4K video recording at 30 fps along with RAW image capture and comes with a transmission distance of up to 2 KM. The other model comes with a 16.35 megapixel CMOS sensor with f/2.6 aperture, 104-degree field of view, up to 1080p video recording at 60 fps and comes with a transmission distance of up to 1 KM.
The Mi Drone features a remote control, which will make it easy for the users to take photos and videos. The controller will also take care of the Auto take off, hover, return, descent and auto landing. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Drone’s PCB antenna amplifies the signal, so that the user can control the drone up to 3 KM. It can be traced via GPS and also, once the Drone flies out of the connected range, it will automatically return to the original position where it took off from.
A smartphone can also be placed on the controller’s built-in dock, to check out what the drone is capturing. The battery of the Mi Drone can be traced and monitored and whenever the battery is low, it will show a warning alarm on the phone’s display. The drone can be asked to automatically fly to a destination on the map, the user can plan the route to capture videos along the way or set a center point, radius and height to capture video by circling the point. The drone will automatically stop, when it is about to enter any restricted area.
The Mi Drone packs in a 5,100 mAh battery (LG or Grepow) under the hood, which can make it fly continuously for up to 27 mins. The storage can also be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card. The drone can fit in a small bag, as it can be disassembled because the camera, landing gear and the blades are easily removable.
The Xiaomi Mi Drone has been priced at CNY 2499 (US $381 / INR Rs 25,415 approximately) for the 1080p model, which is now available for order via crowdfunding. The 4K Mi Drone has been priced at CNY 2999 (US $457 / INR Rs 30,500 approximately), which can also be ordered via crowdfunding by the end of July, 2016.
Xiaomi has also launched the Mi Band 2 with OLED display in China. Check out the Mi Drone official video below.