Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OnePlus April Fools' drone is real and for sale

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Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has announced its latest flying drone OnePlus DR-1, calling it a "game changer." And boy, does it look set to do exactly that, if you're one to buy into the hype the company is famous for.

The DR-1's product page spouts impressive lines such as "innovating a whole new way of thinking about drones" and telling users to "push the envelope" with this tiny 70mm-wide flying machine.

You may have caught on by now that the DR-1 is an April Fools' Day joke.

Except, of course, OnePlus is actually going to sell a limited quantity of the quadcopters. If you act fast, you can nab one on the company's website and have it shipped to a US address.

The drone has a flight time of 7 to 8 minutes, and needs to be recharged for 20 minutes between flights. It weighs just 12.5g, fits in the palm of your hand and retails for just $20 (about £15, AU$25). A controller is used to pilot the drone, and it doesn't seem like you'll be able to use your phone to do so.

Check out the teaser video of the drone below, and be sure to let us know what you think about this April Fools' joke. Yay or nay?

from CNET

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