Xiaomi unveils Mi Drone with low price tag
Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer recently unveiled its first drone, pricing it significantly lower than similar products in the market.
The Mi drone is priced at 2499 CNY (around $380) for the entry-level device with a 1080P camera and 2999 CNY ($450) for the more advanced model with a 4K camera.
The Mi Drone can stay airborne for nearly half an hour and will be sold with a choice of stabilised cameras. It includes a 360-degree camera that can shoot 4K video, and handheld remote which has the option of attaching a smartphone for a live-feed view from the drone.
Like other Xiaomi products, the company did not actually create the Mi Drone itself. Instead, it is working with China-based Flymi, which creates the devices. Xiaomi is putting its considerable brand behind the drone and selling it via its channels, which include its Mi.com online store.
Xiaomi said, the cheaper model will be “crowdfunded” inside the company’s Mi Home app from 26 May 2016, while the 4K drone will be made available for early testing via an open beta program at the end of July. The company has not yet revealed when it will be sold outside of China.