Xiaomi has today introduced a new radio-controller quadcopter in China under its MiTu brand which is primarily also known for robot toys. Simply called the MiTu drone, its biggest highlight is the compact form factor and a nearly $63 (399 Yuan) price which is far less than any other offering out there. Interestingly, Xiaomi didn’t unveil this under its own brand which launched its very first drone way back in May two years ago.
The MiTu drone comes with four rotors and has a plastic build that’s designed to withstand falls. The propeller blades are made out of glass fiber and the drone itself weighs only 88 grams which might make it unusable in windy environments. For aerial photography, the MiTu drone has a front-mounted sensor which can record 720p clips and images at a resolution of 1600 x 1200.
Under the hood, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2Ghz keeps things running along with 4GB of RAM. For flying indoors, the drone also has precision hovers which allow it to navigate much more steadily. There are a bunch of sensors as well such as barometers, optical flow sensors, and more. The MiTu drone even features a slew of software modes like palm take off, gravity sensing, and headless mode.
The MiTu drone can attain a maximum height of 25 meters, while the bundled remote control can be operated up to a distance of 50 meters. The company says it can last for roughly ten minutes thanks to a 920mAh battery. The drone connects to the controllers through 5.8GHz high-frequency signal Wi-Fi. The Xiaomi MiTu quadcopter is priced at 399 Yuan ($63) and will go on sale in China starting from this month’s 26th. In comparison, DJI’s most affordable product, the DJI Spark costs $399. Although it does feature a bunch of additional features to justify that. The Xiaomi MiTu drone seems like the right fit for amateurs. However, like always, there’s a good chance it will not cross the Chinese borders.