Its not a glittering start for Xiaomi, at a press launch one of the two new quadcopters experienced some sort of failure.

Falling back to earth in a crashing rather than calculated manner. Social media in China lit up with less than flattering comments.

“quality fails”, “a lack of safety” and, “cheap goods no good” “If it was an auto landing, then it landed so fast that I’d want a helmet ready in case it’s right above me.”

Xiaomi staffer Yang Lin live-streamed the flight. Yang explained on his Sina Weibo that the what seemed to be a crash was actually an auto landing due to a battery that wasn’t fully charged.

This is not 2008 when launching any quad was an event where you might get away with issues. The base standard is from DJI and you have to be better than or equal to their minimum priced unit.

GoPro should be taking notes and making sure none of this happens for their much anticipated launch.

There are no media units from Xiaomi available for review and this along with the launch incident rings alarm bells in my head.

By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.