Announced at CES 2018, the new drone from Autel Robotics is a recipe for success. It is still in development, will go on sale in a few months, but for now, the new Autel Robotics Evo is promising all the right things.

A compact, folding drone with 4K video recording and easy to use remote control, what more can we ask for?!?! Let’s see all the details we have thus far on the new Evo.

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the Autel Robotics booth at CES in Las Vegas. We were hoping we’d see an update to or for the X-Star drone, but the older machine was not to be found. Instead, the new folding drone was flying in front of us, it was on every shelf and counter in the booth, the Evo was everything Autel Robotics had to talk about, and we liked it.

The drone is fairly small, folds down for transport and has a folding remote control to match.

Autel Robotics Drones guideIf you were thinking that the Evo was borrowing from the DJI Mavic Pro playbook, we wouldn’t blame you. However, we think this is a good thing. We don’t like rip-offs of popular hardware either, but we’d hardly call Evo a rip-off, no, it’s Autel Robotic’s take on what a small, folding drone can be.

Autel Robotics presented their machine with a new standard at the front end, installing a 4K camera that can record at up to 60fps. The camera mounts on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal and straddling that is object avoidance sensors. Look for slow motion ideal framerates at lower resolutions.

The drone is set to stick in the sky for up to thirty minutes per charge. The propellers are removable for extra portability or replacement, when needed.

Knowing that there is only so much we are willing to spend on drones these days, Autel Robotics is reporting that Evo will sell for “less than $1000.” Considering it is in league to compete with a couple DJI products that are also less than a grand, we hope Autel competes all the way, pricing Evo in between the current Mavic Pro and Mavic Air pricing.

Stay tuned for more on the Autel Robotics Evo. We’re excited to get our hands on it, which may not be until mid-2018.

What do you think so far, is the Autel Robotics Evo a worthy entry to the compact, folding drone market?

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