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Xiaomi has switched from copying iPhones to copying drones

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Xiaomi is now in the drone business.
Xiaomi is now in the drone business.
Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi, aka the biggest copy-cat in tech, has decided to stop ripping off Apple for a bit and instead set its sights on drone maker DJI by unveiling its first cheap knockoff drone, the Mi Drone. And it doesn’t look that bad.

The Mi Drone takes some obvious inspiration from DJI’s Phantom lineup, only its way more affordable. For about $460 you can grab the 4K flier, or if you’re cool with just 1080p video you can buy the cheaper model, priced around $380.

It’s not as portable as other drones we’ve seen like the AirDog, but it comes with 27-minutes of battery life and some killer features that could rival the Phantom 4.

Watch it fly below:

The super cheap drone comes with autonomous features like automatic takeoff and landing, waypoint navigation, and orbit mode. It also comes equiped with GPS and GLONASS for positioning.

Xiaomi says the 4K Mi Drone will be available for testing via an open beta program at the end of July, while a crowdfunding campaign for the 1080p Mi Drone will open on May 26th.

Source: Xiaomi