The drone company DJI launched the compact Mavic Air at $ 799 in January 2018, and The edgeVjeran Pavic thought it was a great drone, but not the best option for serious photo and video work. More than two years after the release of the Mavic Air, it seems that DJI is about to release an appropriate suite in the form of the Mavic Air 2.
The first clue that something may soon come out is that DJI has scheduled an event for Monday, April 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The company teased the event on Twitter earlier this week:
It seems likely that the event concerned the DJI Mavic Air 2, as alleged photos for the drone, as well as what appears to be the drone quick start manual, surfaced via Anatel, the telecommunications standards supervisor in Brazil , which is similar to the United States. Federal Communications Commission (via DroneDJ).
You can see what the Mavic Air 2 should look like in this gallery of photos from Anatel documents, originally published by Brazilian drone site DroneFriendly (locate the name of the Mavic Air 2 on the arm of the drone!):
Here’s a photo of the original Mavic Air, in comparison – it looks like the Mavic Air 2 could be very different.
And in this close-up of what appears to be the power source for the Mavic 2, you can see that the drone could have a 3500 mAh battery, which would be a nice increase over the 2375 mAh battery of the Original air.
Photos from the Mavic Air 2 manual also appeared on ANATEL, according to DroneDJ, and we have compiled images of the shared publication from this manual in the gallery below.
A translated version of the manual apparently indicates that the drone can capture 4K videos and photos of 48 megapixels and achieve “a maximum flight speed of 68.4 km / h and a maximum flight time of 34 minutes”, according to DroneDJ. According to DJI, this maximum flight time would be a good increase over the original Mavic Air, which offered up to 21 minutes of flight time.
And here are some other photos that appear to be of Mavic Air 2, published on Twitter March 10 – these give a better idea of how the device could fold, as well as a glimpse of what the drone controller might look like:
The name Mavic Air 2 also appeared in a FCC filing, although this repository currently doesn’t have much that we can glean from the device.