This sub-RM450 DJI-backed drone is now available for pre-order in Malaysia

DJI Tello

For those who haven’t flown a drone before, the Tello is a compact drone that smaller than a Spark and it costs about 1/4 of the price. It’s made by a startup called Ryze Tech and it’s powered by both Intel and DJI. On top of that, the Tello is also programmable, making it an educational tool to get kids started with coding.

With a price tag of less than RM500, it’s rather affordable and it’s now available for pre-order in Malaysia.

A couple of online retailers have started accepting pre-orders at about RM449-500. According to this listing on Lazada, the Tello stocks are expected to arrive sometime between 15-31 March 2018.

To recap, the Tello has a 5MP camera that’s capable of shooting HD 720p videos. Since it’s an entry-level drone, there’s no gimbal but it has digital image stabilisation. The drone itself weighs just 80 grams and it has a flight time of 13 minutes per charge.

Since the flight controller is powered by DJI, it claims to be easy to use and you can start flying by simply tossing the Tello into the air. There are EZ Shot presets which allows anyone to capture circle, 360 and up & away footages easily.

In terms of range, it can transmit live footage up to 100m in distance and it supports first-person view with a compatible VR headset. Take note that there’s no remote control included so you will need to use your smartphone. For those who want to do more, you can program customisable movements using the Scratch platform.

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If you’re interested, you can pre-order the Tello at Lazada Malaysia or via DronesKaki.

Thanks Shaun Paul Lee for the tip!

Alexander Wong