The all-new Autel EVO 2 drone is hailed as an outright flying beast thanks to its monster size specifications. This foldable camera drone is built to compete directly with DJI popular Mavic 2 series, like Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. The Autel EVO II drone comes in three different types that caters to each industry specifically.
Recreational remote pilots and hobbyists can enjoy flying Autel EVO 2 outfitted with 8K 10-bit video camera. Professional aerial photographers will find the Autel EVO 2 version with 6K video camera and an impressive 1-inch CMOS sensor. For serious businesses like law enforcement agencies and fire departments, there is a version that comes with a thermal camera.
Amid the hype that this brand new foldable camera drone has been gaining recently. The company shared news that the release date will be pushed back to March. Originally, Autel EVO 2 drone was scheduled for launch date by end of January 2021. Bug was found during the pre-production phase which caused them to postpone the release date.
Autel Robotics sent out an e-mail statement to Helixwire, which also can be found on their social media accounts, informing their fans that bug will have serious impact on the flight performance under normal operation. It doesn’t exactly say what the bug is really about but more detailed statement can be found here:
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@example.com
Thank you all again and fly safe!
So what the bug is really about? The company felt it was important to squash bug before releasing its foldable camera drones. Instead of shipping them now then update it at some point which the company thinks it might give out a bad impression for the customers. So it is important to make a good impression on the first attempt.
It doesn’t happen too often from a manufacturer point of view. However, if we were to speak quality over quantity — it is better to have a good quality product that works fine and performs good without having to face a bug and wait for fix.
Below is a brief video of Autel EVO 2 drone series that was recently shown during the CES 2020.
Meanwhile DJI Matrice M300 is due for launch at end of February and a lot of industries are excited about integrating them in their business, such as logistics companies according to a recent case study. The new Matrice M300 comes with a lot of new upgrades and features that surely will take a slice of Autel Robotics shares in the consumer market.
What are your thoughts on the recent delayed release date for the Autel EVO 2 drone?