Unboxing and first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi Drone


This was a little of an unexpected surprise, imagine my shock when the DHL bloke showed up with this large box containing the newly launched Xioami Mi Drone for me to play with.

Xiaomi officially announced their DJI rivalling drone a few months back in China, and the UAV is now shipping to customers that helped to crowdfund the first batch of drones. Being people who like to see the Chinese tech industry grow we and the Shop.GizChina.com team had taken part in the fundraising and so we have been among the first to get our hands on them. And yes they are up on the GizChina store now to order (take a look).

Xiaomi Mi Drone – In the box


The Xiaomi Mi Drone comes in two boxes actually. There is the main large box containing the drone and accessories, and a smaller box which houses the camera.


I’m not sure which version of the Mi Drone I have, but both 1080 and 4K versions of the drone are available, and as the camera is seperate it should be a simple swap if you wanted to upgrade to a higher res camera in the future.


In the main box along with the Xiaomi Mi Drone is the controller which dual antenna and a very nicely designed intergrated phone holder.


There is a single smart battery pack with charger, rotor shields for protecting the blades when flying indoors or when less experienced flyers are at the controls, a spanner and screw driver, and a set of 8 rotors.

Xiaomi Mi Drone – Design first impressions

I have to admit that I wasn’t really expecting to be wowed by the Xioami drone and really thought it would be nothing more than a DJI clone with a few Xiaomi touches here and there, but I have been proven wrong and indeed I have been wowed.

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The first nice design touch is the fact that the landing gear on the Xioami Mi Drone is foldable for easy storage.


There are switches on each side of the fuelage which lock/unlock the legs in place. This is a big plus over the DJI Phantom which has legs that are fixed in position making it less convenient to travel with it.


Another big update over the DJI Phantom is the Xiaomi Mi Drone’s controller which not only looks better and is more comfortable but also has a much neater and better thought out phone holder.


While the DJI has an ugly peg design, the Xiaomi phone holder lives inside the controller until it is needed and neatly pulls out in to position.


Another difference between the Xiaomi and the DJI is the size. The Xiaomi drone is larger and also feels slightly heavier too.


The camera design of each model is different too, but at this time I’ve only inboxed the drone and not even attempted to attach the camera nor turn it on, but suffice to say that the Xiaomi Mi Drone is a very well made and high quality piece of kit that seems a little better thought out than alternative models.

Xiaomi Mi Drone – Features

  • Max Speed: 18m/s
  • Max height: 1000m
  • Max Flight Time: 27 minutes
  • GPS Glonass
  • 16 mega-pixel camera
  • 1920 x 1080 60fps
  • 5100mAh battery

Xiaomi Mi Drone – Review Coming Soon


The Xiaomi Mi Drone is now charging up for its first flight which should take place tomorrow if the weather continues to be suitable, and a full review should follow shortly.

For those of you who are already tempted to get your hands on the Mi Drone then head over to  shop.gizchina.com and get in contact with them.

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10 Comments

  1. MaxPower
    July 14, 2016

    Saving money for this toy, but once again Xiaomi sucks with timing.
    By the time this gadget is going to be fully available the summer will be over and it’s going to be hard to enjoy it during the winter.

    • cyril symbio
      July 14, 2016

      Same here

    • Janusz Sowa
      July 15, 2016

      But this is their business model – they announce great gear for great price, release couple hundreds samples for reviews and keep the hype going and then wait for another 3-6 months before starting mass producing – waiting for the components prices to drop so they actually could get better cut.

      But by that time I expect DJI to release something interesting too…

      I would expect this drone to hit the mass market in December for Christmas time (and MiBox somewhere in the Autumn).

      • MaxPower
        July 15, 2016

        Not really,
        Their products are available almost right away, maybe one month later in China.

        The phones I remember they started selling few months later after announcing then were the MI Note and MI Note Pro.

        It’s true what you say if we consider other markets outside China, but that’s because availability.
        They make 90% of their revenues in China so it’s not like you say that they wait for the components to drop

  2. MaxPower
    July 15, 2016

    Saving money for this toy, but once again Xiaomi sucks with timing.
    By the time this gadget is going to be fully available the summer will be over and it’s going to be hard to enjoy it during the winter.

    I already gave up on their new MIBox which has been on “coming soon” since May.
    I ended up buying an Amazon Fire TV which was $30 off a couple days ago during Prime day.

    I was one of the biggest fan of this company, but lately it’s all about disappointments.

    • cyril symbio
      July 15, 2016

      Same here

    • Janusz Sowa
      July 15, 2016

      But this is their business model – they announce great gear for great price, release couple hundreds samples for reviews and keep the hype going and then wait for another 3-6 months before starting mass producing – waiting for the components prices to drop so they actually could get better cut.

      But by that time I expect DJI to release something interesting too…

      I would expect this drone to hit the mass market in December for Christmas time (and MiBox somewhere in the Autumn).

    • MaxPower
      July 15, 2016

      Not really,
      Their products are available almost right away, maybe one month later in China.

      The phones I remember they started selling few months later after announcing then were the MI Note and MI Note Pro.

      It’s true what you say if we consider other markets outside China, but that’s because availability.
      They make 90% of their revenues in China so it’s not like you say that they wait for the components to drop

  3. Casablanca
    July 21, 2016

    Considering the price, drone of xiaomi will be a ggod choice for a fresh man.

  4. Casablanca
    July 21, 2016

    Considering the price, drone of xiaomi will be a ggod choice for a fresh man.