The next level of drones is underway, the folks at Autel Robotics have launched a machines with 40 minutes of flight time and an 8K camera. This is the Autel Robotics Evo II — just forgive us if we accidentally call it the Evo 2 now and then.

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We’ve been fans of Autel Robotics for a while now, particularly because they create machines that can compete with DJI in a few segments. To that end, we are more excited than ever to see what a Mavic 3 looks like, if they compete with the Evo II. What I’m really trying to say, the Evo II may just be the best spec’d consumer-friendly drone right now. Too bad it’s not shipping to consumers just yet.

Evo 2 overview

Autel Robotics Evo 2 Dual side CES 2020

In terms of form-factor, the Evo II is not a dramatic difference from the original Evo. The newer machine is larger and heavier, but it flies much longer, has a bigger camera and more than a few other improved specifications.

The Evo line is similar to most of the DJI Mavic line, they are all folding drones that have a front mounted hanging camera.

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We are excited to see what this drone can do in the sky, and to put the cameras to the test, 8K sounds great, and 48MP photos could be fantastic, that 6K video on the 1-inch sensor has potential to be amazing as well. Granted, the 6K camera is 20MP, a size we’ve seen on a few drones before, so we’re hoping Autel has worked some magic to make it great.

Evo II price and availability

Autel Robotics Evo 2 Dual top CES 2020

Autel Robotics is only officially telling us that the Evo II line is “coming soon.” That said, they believe we should see the Evo II for $1495 by the end of January, the Evo II Pro for $1795 in February, and the Evo II Dual may be custom ordered along with the base Evo II soon. The Dual model may cost $1999 or more, depending on your choice of FLIR or other IR camera.

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We’ll be touching base with Autel Robotics in the coming weeks to see about some hands-on time with them. Will you be seeking hands-on time with this drone?

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