Sometimes in March 2020, a rumor surfaced online regarding the new DJI drone. The drone was of the widely popular Mavic series. The new drone and its newly redesigned controller were spotted on the FCC database. Today, we’re super excited to announce that it’s no longer a rumor anymore, it’s official the DJI Mavic Air 2 is here!
DJI Mavic Air 2 features
The DJI Mavic Air 2 comes with a square controller. It will also be the first non-military drone from DJI to carry an ADS-B transponder. That makes it safer for use in public airspace thus avoiding safety issues that have plagued consumer drones for years. It’s likely that the ADS-B receiver is housed within the controller going by its bigger square size. It also features Occusync system which offers better connectivity than traditional WiFi.
Besides the new controller’s shape. The smartphone mount has been moved to the top which is likely meant to give the controller better visibility. Usually, once a product clears the FCC approval process, photos will then appear in filings. However, with this device there are none, this is likely a confidentiality move by the FCC.
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The original Mavic was well received by users. That’s because it offered features only found in high-end DJI drones at a user-friendly price. That price is likely to increase though if you’re in the United States. Remember the Trump Administration imposed a number of tariffs on Chinese imports last year. DJI was one of the company’s whose products fell within the new tariffs. Consequently, they had to increase the price of their drones sold in the US.
There are no leaks on specifications of the DJI Mavic Air 2 yet. Even so, that hasn’t stopped us from speculating and coming up with our own list, see below 🙂
- 4K Res 60fps
- Occusync or Occusync 2.0
- Omni-directional obstacle avoidance
It’s likely that that the new Mavic Air 2 will follow in the footsteps of the Mavic Mini. By featuring a body design identical to the Mavic 2 Series as DJI streamlines its design philosophy. This new drone should have been out by now going by DJI prior releases. It seems DJI was impacted by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic which slowed the process of getting the new drone into testing and final production.
Normalcy is slowly returning to China so DJI should have sufficient time to ramp-up production ahead of release sometime in late Spring, otherwise, stay tuned for more news from DJI.