Tencent to debut live-streaming WeChat drone at end of month

The $300 flier will record at 4K and stream at 720p

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Andrew Tarantola
October 14th, 2016
Tencent to debut live-streaming WeChat drone at end of month

Tencent, the Chinese tech giant that owns League of Legends, Supercell Games and WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China, announced on Friday that it will release a consumer quadcopter by the end of October.


The Ying drone will cost $300 and offer the option to capture 4K video with the onboard storage or livestream it through a WeChat conversation in 720p resolution. It's tiny, weighing less than a pound and able to fit easily in a backpack. Tencent reportedly teamed up with Qualcomm and Chinese drone manufacturer Zerotech to produce the Ying.

One can't help but notice the design similarities between the Ying and DJI's recently-released Mavic Pro quadcopter. Of course, DJI's new offering costs more than three times as much, so there likely won't be a whole lot of market overlap between the models. There's no word on whether the Ying will make it stateside.

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