Here's what to expect with DJI's new foldable drones

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DJI's Phantom 4 drone Credit: DJI

Another day, another tech leak.

Today, it's drones. Foldable drones. From DJI. The company is reportedly releasing a new quadcopter that can be collapsed up to make it easily transportable. People are excited. And why shouldn't they be?

In IT Blogwatch we take to the skies.

So what is the deal with these foldable drones? Chris Davies has the background:

DJI's next drone has leaked, a foldable remote-controlled quadcopter...called the DJI Mavic, which collapses down for easier transportation. Signs of the upcoming model were August, when DJI trademarked the Mavic name.

But how does it fold up? Trevor Mogg has the details:

As shown in...images...the folding mechanism allows you to move the machine’s arms, legs, and rotors into its main body, producing a compact shape for easier storage and transportation.
An unveil date is rumored for September 15, a tantalizing prospect considering GoPro’s...Karma copter, which is also foldable, is likely to be unveiled just four days later.

And what are the specs? Aaron Richardson breaks it down for us:

DJI may not be going incredibly entry-level with this’ll...offer a 4K camera with a 2-axis well as an Android-powered controller with LCD display. It’ll weigh only 1.43lbs.

About that September 15th date, though. Elyse Betters has other intel:

DJI has sent invites to the media for a press event...The drone maker's invite, which is for...27 New York City, teased things like "adventure at your fingertips" and "rediscover adventure with DJI"...according to new image leaks that go with a previous trademark application, DJI has developed a small, portable camera drone that collapses...called Mavic.

So what does John Patterson, who originally leaked the photos and specs of the new quadcopter, think about all this?

While DJI...primarily focussed on premium products, as drones become...mainstream, the market for smaller, simpler and cheaper aircraft is beginning to see rapid growth. Companies like Yuneec...have already aimed for this consumer base and are looking to make a killing over the holiday season.
It looks like the Mavic may be DJI’s answer to this lively competition.
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