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Evo II Release Delayed Until March, DJI May Get Mavic 3 to Market First

BY Zacc Dukowitz
5 February 2020

Autel’s Evo II made a big splash at CES 2020 last month.

The three versions of the Evo II (Photo credit: Autel)

Where the Evo I was a drone created to go head-to-head with the Mavic Pro, the EVO II was designed to beat the Mavic 2 Pro flat out.

The EVO II can go farther, fly for longer, and has a better camera than the Mavic 2 Pro:

 CameraFlight TimeWeight Max SpeedRange
Evo II8K, 48 MP40 min2.48 lbs45 mph5.5 miles
Mavic 2 Pro4K, 20 MP30 min2.00 lbs45 mph5.0 miles

And it seems like Autel really had DJI worried.

According to industry rumors, after CES DJI pushed back its launch date for the Mavic 3—which had been slated for the end of January—so that personnel could improve its specs to help it compete better against the EVO II.

Introducing: EVO 2 Series

EVO II Probably Won’t Be Out Until March at the Earliest

Despite having pushed back their release date, it looks like DJI will get its Mavic 3 to market before Autel gets the EVO II out.

At CES last month, Autel said the EVO II would be released within a few weeks, but now it looks like the new drone probably won’t be available until March.

What Caused the Delay?

According to Autel, the delay was caused by a pre-production bug in the EVO II that “could limit flight performance under normal operation.”

We applaud Autel for its transparency and for working to fix an issue instead of pushing out the EVO II and then pushing out a patch later. This couldn’t have been an easy decision to make, especially given the momentum after CES and the race against DJI.

It will certainly be interesting to compare sales data a year from now when both drones have been on the market for a while, and try to determine whether the EVO II succeeded in cutting into some of the Mavic 3’s market share (or the Mavic 2’s, for that matter).

Which release are you more excited for—the EVO II or the Mavic 3? Share your thoughts in this thread in the UAV Coach community forum.

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