Back in CES 2017, DJI showcased a special edition Phantom 4 to celebrate Chinese New Year. Now, two additional drone variants have just been released: the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum and the DJI Phantom Obsidian. These two new drones were introduced at one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany called IFA 2017. This YouTube video from SmartWorld isn’t in English, but here’s a taste of what’s new on the upgraded drones:
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
The platinum version of the already popular DJI Mavic is quieter, more stable, and it can fly longer! As seen in the video above, the DJI Mavic Platinum makes a lot less noise compared to the DJI Phantom 4 Obsidian. The new 8331 propellers helps make the Mavic Platinum 60% quieter than the original Mavic. The newly designed FOC ESC drivers contribute to the decreased noise, and it offers increased flight stability. Additionally, the new ESC drivers increase the flight time by 11%; it may not seem much to the average consumer, but every minute counts! The DJI Mavic Platinum can now fly up to 30 minutes, which is just as long as a DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian
The DJI Phantom Obsidian is like the Chinese New Year special edition Phantom 4 drone since the upgrade is external. The newly designed DJI Phantom Obsidian has all the same great features as the iconic DJI Phantom 4 Pro, but it’s available in a new matte gray obsidian color. The gimbal has also been upgraded with an electroplated magnesium color, and it is anti-fingerprint coated!
Price and Availability
The DJI Mavic Platinum is available for preorder off DJI’s official website, but it won’t ship until September. The DJI Phantom 4 Obsidian will be available in September on DJI’s official online store and in various authorized DJI stores worldwide. The new Mavic Platinum costs $1099, and the Fly More Combo costs $1399. The new Phantom Obsidian will cost around $2048.10 (1,589 GBP).
These new drones have all the same great features as the original releases, but they both have upgrades. The Mavic Platinum’s quiet flight system and the Phantom 4 Obsidian’s anti-fingerprint coating will hopefully be seen in future DJI drones. Longer flight times and upgraded stability are all major upgrades, but a 60% decrease in noise levels is the new key feature. There’s a reason why both the original drones hit the top of the best drones list, so these upgrades will only further cement their status.