Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec just gave its Yuneec Typhoon H Pro a big sister.
The company this week launched the Typhoon H Plus with Intel RealSense, dubbing it “Yuneec’s most powerful consumer product.”
The product was first announced back in January as the second generation of Typhoon H. The drone makes improvements to the Typhoon H’s iconic six rotor hex airframe, including a 40 percent reduction in noise from previous hex models, and stable flight in winds up to 30mph. The Typhoon H Plus’s camera is equipped with a high aperture, one-inch sensor camera capable of 20 megapixel stills and 4K resolution video at 60fps. The camera claims to have improved low-light performance as well due to larger aperture optics and extended ISO range.
Like the Typhoon H, it has retractable landing gear to provide 360-degree views. The drone will retail at $1899.99 and be available on July 1 at Best Buy. Meanwhile, the older model, the Yuneec Typhoon H Pro, retails for $1,199.
Yuneec has taken its 6-rotor design and run with it, also selling a commercial-focused drone called the Yuneec H520, which starts at $1,999 and can cost up to $4,699. It looks very much like the Typhoon H drone, but with two key noticeable differences (among many other less noticeable differences): it’s bright orange and slightly larger. Like the Typhoon H, it has a 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal with retractable landing gear. Camera options include the CGOET dual thermal RGB camera, E50 seven-element inspection-ready camera and E90. This drone also deviates from the Typhoon H in terms of its modular design. The drone offers multiple payload options, including a range of cameras, such as a high-resolution camera or thermal camera. The camera offers a 360 horizontal view and also is capable of a 20-degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections.
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Yuneec has struggled to keep up with the rapid production pace of competitor DJI, which makes the wildly popular Mavic series of drones. Yuneec last year took a massive hit as it laid off as much as 70% of its U.S. staff, including key leadership. Last month, the company laid off additional U.S.-based employees.