Lei Jun Says Xiaomi's Drone Will Launch This Month

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Yesterday was a big day for Xiaomi. This China-based smartphone manufacturer not only released a new handset, but the all-new version of their Android-based MIUI operating system. The company has unveiled the gigantic 6.4-inch Mi Max phablet which has been leaking out for quite a while, and MIUI 8, a new version of MIUI which has seen a number of changes this time around, ranging from design to features. We've talked extensively about both the Mi Max and MIUI 8 yesterday, click here if you'd like to know more.

That being said, Xiaomi's very own drone has been mentioned quite a few times thus far. We've seen several leaks hinting that the company might introduce a drone this year, and even some patent sketches surfaced a while back. Now, most of those leaks and rumors suggested that we'll be able to control the Mi Drone using the Mi Band fitness tracker, which sounded quite exciting at the time. We've been waiting for some official info from Xiaomi, and we finally got an official confirmation directly from the company's CEO. Lei Jun has confirmed that the Xiaomi Drone will be announced before the end of this month, though he did not share any specifics. This drone will quite probably going to be called 'Mi Drone', and the rumors say that Xiaomi partnered up with a third-party company in order to manufacture this device, quite probably a drone manufacturer.

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Now, if previous leaks are going to be believed, this drone will have a camera attached to it, and will sport quite an appealing design. One rumor in particular suggested that the Mi Drone will cost around $100, which seems like more than a reasonable price for the device, presuming it's good, of course. It remains to be seen if we'll be able to control this device with the Mi Band, and which Mi Band will be required in order to do so. Speaking of which, the Mi Band 2 will be introduced soon, earlier this month, the company's CEO said that the Mi Band 2 has been delayed for 1 month due to production issues, so the device might as well launch alongside the Mi Drone, but we'll see what happens.

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