ALL OF THE LATEST RUMORS AND INFO ON THE DJI MAVIC.
Recently, there has been info and pictures floating around the internet that point to a possible new kind of drone from DJI. We aren’t 100% sure what this new drone will be, but based on the info that has been leaked, I’m guessing it’s going to be a small FPV racing drone called Mavic.
Drone racing and general FPV drones are becoming extremely popular this year. It’s only a matter of time before they become just as big of a deal as the video drones everyone uses, and DJI knows this. In the last few months, DJI has been coming out with various ESCs (electronic motor speed controllers) designed specifically for racing drones. On August 1st, DJI announced that they opened their first drone arena in Korea, a drone course for corporate events and drone racing. Now we’re getting info suggesting that a new drone is due for release. All of the signs are here!
WHERE DID THE NAME MAVIC COME FROM?
On August 15th, DJI trademarked the name Mavic. Usually when DJI trademarks new names this means that they are coming out with a new product, and after looking at the trademark description it appears to be a new drone.
In the first sentence of the description for the trademark, it says “Software for the development and operation of robotic devices, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and remote control (RC) aircraft.” This is exactly how the descriptions are written for DJI’s other drone trademarks like the Inspire 1 and Matrice for example, which is why I believe that the Mavic is a new drone (not software or an accessory).
There’s a lot of items mentioned in the trademark description that cover all of the potential uses for the Mavic name, but what sticks out to me is where it says “signal lanterns being luminous safety beacons; aerial antennas; acoustic sound alarms and alarm sensors; personnel tracking devices; goggles for virtual reality” which (to me) clearly sound like components that would be used for drone racing.
LEAKED BATTERY PHOTOS
So far not much is known about the DJI Mavic, but here are some leaked pictures which could represent what the Mavic batteries look like. Based on the writing in the picture, this particular battery is a 3S 11.1V 3850mah pack with an integrated charging and discharging circuit just like DJI’s other smart batteries. If you fly FPV drones then you’re probably thinking 3S is not enough power, but don’t worry. Although a 3S battery wouldn’t be optimal for a racing drone, since the capacity is so large (3850mah) they could always have a smaller capacity 4S or 5S battery for people who want lots of power instead of flight time.