Last week, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi teased the possibility of joining the drone industry. Today the company is officially announcing it is releasing its own drone.
“Today is the special day where we are going to conduct our new product launch event across several platforms online,” the company wrote in a blog post. “I'm sure most of you already know what is the new product we're talking about. Yes, it's one of the most anticipated product for tech geek: Mi Drone.”
The Mi Drone is quadcopter that is available in two varieties: A 1080p version for US$380, and 4K version for $456. The drone will come with the ability to sense and avoid objects, autonomous flight, GPS capabilities, the ability to monitor the system’s battery, a PCB antenna, and the ability to fly up to 27 minutes.
“[A] drone is an expensive toy for most of the people, therefore we decided to enter to this field. We strive to bring the fun of technology to everyone,” the company wrote.
In addition, Xiaomi designed the drone to make it more portable. “Mi Drone uses module design, which is easy to disassemble and assemble. Mi Drone can be easily put into the bag, and you may bring it to anywhere and start to discover the beauty of the world,” according to the company.