OnePlus Tiny Flying Drone Is NOT an April Fools’ Day Prank, Up for Sale for $20
For the last couple of weeks, OnePlus has been teasing its next product that the Chinese startup claimed would be something completely different. A spokesperson from OnePlus explained in a forum post that the company’s next product is neither a smartwatch nor a tablet, but it would be a “game changer.”
Looking at the teaser images, many people thought it might be some sort of gaming controller with the Kinect-like motion tracking technology. But amidst all the speculations, OnePlus representatives finally revealed in a Reddit AMA thread that the company would launch a drone dubbed DR-1 in April. Now, as they promised, OnePlus announced a flying drone, the OnePlus DR-1, today.
While we still don’t know how it’ll change the market, but the company says the DR-1 will innovate “a whole new way of thinking about drones.”
However, based on the timing of the product launch, you might think that the DR-1 is an April Fools’ day prank, and, well, you’re supposed to be suspicious — but OnePlus has ruined its own joke by actually selling a limited quantity of the tiny quadcopters. It is priced at just $20 (about £15 or AU$25), and if you’ve a US shipping address and you act fast, you can nab one on the company’s website.
The drone technology has become increasingly mainstream over the past few months, and with OnePlus entering the market, we can really expect some high quality, low-price drone versions from the company as it did with its One smartphone.
The company claims the DR-1, which is just 70mm wide and weighs at just 12.5 grams, has a flight time of 7 to 8 minutes, and needs to be recharged for 20 minutes between flights. No more details have been revealed yet.
Check out the teaser video of the drone below, and let us know what you think of the new OnePlus product.