Regular ADU listeners might remember that we flew the Autel Evo 2 at CES 2020. We were blown away by this drone’s specs and capabilities, and even published a comprehensive review on the site.
We had informed readers that Autel Robotics was planning on launching the EVO II (8K) in January. And the 6K and dual variants were to be launched soon after.
However, Autel EVO II has run into some production glitches and the release date for this much-anticipated drone has been pushed back to March. This is an update that was posted on Autel’s Facebook page:
First, we want to thank all of our fans and followers. It doesn’t matter if you just follow one of our social channels, or if you fly our products every day. Your support and enthusiasm have always kept us going here at the Seattle office
With the announcement of EVO II at CES, the response has been absolutely crazy. This community is exploding, and we thank you for your patience with us as we are still trying to catch up on responses.
We also want to be as transparent as possible and give you all periodic updates on the status and availability of EVO II. That way you have the most up to date information straight from us and not just rumors.
Our goal at CES was to get the initial units of EVO II (8k) into the hands of dealers by the end of January. Unfortunately, during production, we found a bug in our software that could limit flight performance under normal operation. Instead of shipping the hardware with a known issue and forcing users to perform day 1 updates, we have decided to delay the rest of production and shipments until we have resolved the issue. Our projected timeline is to have EVO II available for purchase in March. This is not a set date or time frame, and things can always change. But with the information we have today, that is our goal.
The team in Seattle is very small and we are adding channel support as we can. We are looking to start up our website newsletter again in the next few weeks. So for any future updates, please check our website, the official social channels, and emails coming directly from us.
We thank you for your patience. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get a hold of us at [email protected]
Thank you all again and fly safe!
Just yesterday, we had reported that DJI had pushed back the release date for the DJI Mavic 3 to summer 2020. As per industry reports, DJI is keen to come out with a drone that will outshine new entrants like the Skydio 2 and the Autel Evo 2 in terms of specs and capabilities.
To outdo the competition, DJI might equip their new drones with powerful Ambarella sensors. To learn more about this and how it will affect the drone’s performance, check out our Mavic 2 Air blog post now.
Having said that, both Autel and DJI will be scrambling to gain the crucial first mover advantage.
We shall be the first to update this space as soon as we receive more updates!
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