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Leaked Images Show DJI Mavic Air 2, Release Rumored to Be Next Week

BY Zacc Dukowitz
22 April 2020

Consumer drone giant DJI is currently promoting a big product launch with the slogan Up your game.

The product? According to industry rumors and several recent leaks it will be the Mavic Air 2, a new version of the Mavic Air that looks like a hybrid between the Air and the Mavic 2 Pro.

Check out this promo video DJI recently shared on Twitter teasing the new product:

[The launch is scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 9:30 P.M. EST—you can track the countdown and attend here on the DJI website.]

Rumors and Leaked Information about the Mavic Air 2

Leaks seem to happen a lot in the weeks leading up to a DJI release. And for all we know, they could be an intentional part of the company’s promotional strategy.

But in the case of the Mavic Air 2, we might be looking at the most information ever leaked.

Images of what looked like a Mavic 2 Pro but with a smaller body were first leaked by a website called Kanzhaji in early March, which appear here in this tweet:

On April 9, DJI filed the Mavic Air 2 with the FCC. Although the filing didn’t tell us much about what the new drone might look like, it did further support the idea that the Air 2’s release was imminent.

And then, a few days later, the motherload of leaks came out of Brazil.

It appears that not only pictures but also the Mavic Air 2’s quick start manual were leaked from information that DJI filed with Anatel, the Brazilian equivalent of the FCC in the U.S.

These leaked materials first appeared on the Brazilian drone website DroneFriendly and have since been picked up by several tech and drone publications.

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Photo credit: DroneFriendly

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Image taken from leaked Mavic Air 2 manual

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Image taken from leaked Mavic Air 2 manual

What We Know about the Mavic Air 2 So Far

According to the leaked images and information, it looks like the Mavic Air 2 will land somewhere in the middle between DJI’s popular Mavic 2 Pro and the original Mavic Air.

From what we can tell, the new drone will be bigger than the Mavic Air but smaller than the Mavic 2 Pro. It will also be beginner-friendly, like the Mavic Air, but with more prosumer features that will allow it to be a cross-over option for those looking to dip their toes into the waters of professional work with drones.

The price will probably land somewhere in the middle between the two as well.

While the Mavic Air sells for between $599 and $735, depending on where you look, the Mavic 2 Pro sells for around $1,500, so most likely the Mavic Air 2 will be somewhere between $1,000 and $1,200 (though this is just speculation, of course).

Mavic Air 2 Specs & Details

Here’s everything we can piece together so far from rumors and leaked materials.

  • 13 Minute Flight Time Increase. Reported max flying time of 34 minutes (up 13 minutes from the Mavic Air and 3 minutes from the Mavic 2 Pro).
  • Improved Battery. A 3500 mAh battery to support that extra flight time (the Mavic Air has a 2375 mAh battery).
  • Almost 4 Mile Range Increase. Range of 4.9 miles/8km (the Mavic Air can only go 1.2 miles/2km).
  • Ocusync 2.0. Comes with Ocusync 2.0 to support that extended range.
  • 48MP camera. Camera that can capture 48 megapixels (the Mavic Air has a 12MP camera).
  • Updated Intelligent Flight Modes. Including Active Track 3.0, among others.
  • Improved Safety. New safety system called AirSense, which receives ADS-B signals from airplanes and helicopters in the surrounding airspace and provides warnings if the drone is on a collision course with them (DJI has said that starting in 2020 all new drones weighing .55 pounds/250 grams or more will have AirSense).
  • Bigger Frame. It looks like the Mavic Air 2 will be noticeably bigger than the Mavic Air, though still smaller than the Mavic 2 Pro.

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Photo credit: DroneFriendly

Here are some of the things that don’t look like they’ll change in the Mavic Air 2:

  • 4K video—same as the Mavic Air
  • Max flying speed of 42.5 mph (68.4 km/h)—same as the Mavic Air
  • Obstacle avoidance sensors on the front, underneath, and back—same as the Mavic Air
  • 1/2.3-in sensor—same as the Mavic Air

We should note that although all of this leaked information is very compelling, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Mavic Air 2 is the product we’ll see unveiled this coming Monday.

But the good news is that we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

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