It was roughly this time a year ago that DJI announced what had been rumoured for months previously: a super-lightweight drone that came in under the minimum requirements for registration in the US, UK and other countries.
Not only that: it wasn’t too expensive. So, combined with the convenience of being able to fly it (where permitted) without having to pay and potentially label up your drone with its registration number, the Mavic Mini was unsurprisingly popular.
Being light, it could fly for longer, so the only drawbacks were the lack of obstacle avoidance and that it maxed out at 2.7K video.
If DJI could fix at least the latter by bumping it up to 4K (and not cannibalising its more expensive Mavic drones in the process) then it could have another winner in the form of a Mavic Mini 2. Indeed, that’s what current rumours are suggesting, although without any evidence to back that up as of yet.
It’s unlikely that obstacle avoidance could be added, though. For one, extra kit adds extra weight and where every gram matters, this is one feature which was ditched on the original to keep it under 250g.
The other reason is cost: extra sensors cost more money, and the Mavic Mini is an entry-level device (discounting the Tello, which is sold by DJI but which doesn’t carry its brand).
The original Mavic Mini’s video topped out at 2.7K
DJI Mavic Mini 2 release date rumours
Expected announcement date: November 2020
The main reason for believing a second-gen drone is on the cards isn’t simply because a year has passed since the Mavic Mini was released.
It’s because a Twitter user – @OsitaLV – has a good track record when it comes to DJI leaks. Initially the tweet simply said “Mavic mini 2 is on the way”.
Mavic mini 2 is on the way.
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV)
September 24, 2020
But a couple of weeks later and there was more concrete evidence:
So this is so called Mavic Mini 2, they share the same design.Oh, it has Bluetooth, 2.4/5.8G WiFi and 2.4/5.8G without the WiFi sign.P.S. the model name of original Mavic mini is MT1SS5 and MT1SD25 (sales in Europe and Japan). pic.twitter.com/nRm3ZwfxyL
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV)
October 6, 2020
Of course, this could mean anything in terms of a release date, but stating it now, a little before a year had passed since the Mavic Mini’s unveiling, could well suggest it’s imminent. It would mean that battery capacity is slightly higher than the original, but it’s unlikely to lead to noticeably longer flight times.
The rumoured October DJI launch appears to be a second-gen Osmo Pocket judging by the copious leaks over the weekend, and the thinking is that the company will hold another event in November to announce the Mavic Mini 2.
Many had speculated that the Mavic 3 would launch this year. Indeed, we wrote about it back in March before the Mavic Air 2 was announced. But that hasn’t happened yet, and DJI surely has new models in the works for launch before Christmas.
The holiday season is the one to hit for consumer gadgets, which is why a Mavic Mini 2 announcement before the end of October makes sense.
What will the Mavic Mini 2 cost?
In the UK, the original Mavic Mini cost £369 ($399 in the US), so it would be in DJI’s interests to keep a sub-£400/$400 price. Any higher and those impulse buyers could be put off, but of course if buyers want 4K they may have to pay for it.
Obviously, this is all just speculation at this point: there aren’t any leaks or rumours beyond the tweet above.
We expect more details to surface over the next couple of weeks, even if it’s just the announcement of a DJI online event. But when that happens and should any leaks occur, we’ll update this article.
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