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CES 2018 New Drones

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GoPro recently announced that they will exit the drone business and like 3DR did with the Solo will sell off existing inventory of the Karma but it looks like at least 2 of the other drone manufactures are still trying to compete with DJI. Yeenec announced 3 new UAVs at CES 2018 and Autelrobotics announced a compact drone called the EVO.

http://us.yuneec.com

https://www.autelrobotics.com/evo/

There is also the Tello for just $99

https://www.ryzerobotics.com

which is sold through the DJI store

https://store.dji.com/product/tello

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The EVO is interesting.  I think I’ve seen this before, I don’t remember if it was an early look at it from Autel or if they purchased this from someone?  It would be great if it’s about the same size as the MAVIC with a camera that’s as good as Autels original drone.  

All of the paranoia by the media and the FAA and these are the only new drones announced at probably the largest consumer electronics show in the world.

 

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Having agreed that the EVO does looks like interesting competition for DJI's Mavic I recall at last year's CES Autel announced new camera modules for their X-Star Premium but did they ever release them ?. Unless I am missing something I don't see any listed in their store.

https://www.autelrobotics.com/blog/autel-robotics-announces-new-camera-modules-for-x-star-series-drones-at-ces-2017/

Also it looks like they may have stopped manufacturing their 2 X-Star drones as they are only listed on their store as refurbished and out of stock. Maybe they are counting on the EVO but they have yet to announce a release date and pricing. I'm sure if DJI sees this as a threat to the Mavic they will just lower its price. 

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Press release of the EVO - Expect to launch soon at $999, has a better camera than the X-Star Premium, 30 mins flight time, 7 km range.......

https://www.autelrobotics.com/ces-2018-press-release/

"Last year at CES we set some expectations that we did not achieve. We were not able to deliver a high quality, reliable offering with the Thermal and 1” Sensor for our X‑Star series. There are many reasons that these units did not come to fruition."

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On 1/11/2018 at 6:18 AM, Spitfire76 said:

Having agreed that the EVO does looks like interesting competition for DJI's Mavic I recall at last year's CES Autel announced new camera modules for their X-Star Premium but did they ever release them ?. Unless I am missing something I don't see any listed in their store.

 

This is the second year that Autel have made announcements of new products and not released them. According to their website the EVO that was announced back in January is "coming soon"!

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The golden rule in marketing:  Never create a demand for something you can’t fulfill.  

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2 hours ago, Av8Chuck said:

Taking orders and delivering are two different things.  

I wish them luck.

You are quite right. I just chatted with their customer service to check on delivery times and the Evo is now sold out!.

 

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I think it’s important to talk percentage here – that is, what are the odds that gopro can enter the drone market, sell 100’s of thousands of pieces yearly and keep up with the competition.
I put the odds in this case at well less than 5% and probably less than 1%. 
I suspect what is left of GoPro will be sold within the year. 

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What does GoPro have to do with Autel?  

Just to play devil's advocate (its what I do..).  How many GoPro's do you think have been sold compared to how many DJI drones?  There have been approximately 5M GoPros sold since 2014 my guess would be less than half of that for DJI.  

At the consumer level, I don't think GoPro considers it the "Drone" market, it's the YouTube market where they dominate.  

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UAV Coach wrote an article on GoPro's decision to stop producing drones in January 2018. Read the article for more background on GoPro's rocky journey in the drone industry. While they may not have succeeded in drone production, I hope to see GoPro continue to produce high quality cameras. 

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