The DJI Mavic 3 will be delayed ‘until Trump is gone’ says a source inside DJI. This is the information we have received today from one of the sources that we’ve worked with for a long time. Furthermore, this breaking news comes from very high within the Chinese DJI organization.
Update: see the official response from DJI below.
DJI Mavic 3 delayed ‘until Trump is gone’
Everybody, including me, was expecting the new DJI Mavic 3 to be released sometime this summer. However, based on the information we have received from very high up within the Chinese DJI organization, that no longer seems to the case.
We have been told that the DJI Mavic 3 will be delayed ‘until Trump is gone.’ This means after he would have left the White House in January 2021, assuming that he loses the election. If Trump wins the election, who knows…
The unexpected decision to delay the launch of the DJI Mavic 3 was made last weekend after President Trump announced that he would ban the popular app TikTok. Mr. Trump later adjusted this to he will ban TikTok as of September 15th, if Microsoft or some other American company hasn’t bought the Chinese app by then.
These words from our President have had a significant effect on DJI. The Chinese drone maker does not want to create any more waves, or even demand for its products, because DJI is afraid of any potential restrictions or bans President Trump may impose. Of course, recent news about data security issues with the DJI Go 4 and DJI Pilot app do not help this situation.
Besides the new DJI Mavic 3 drone being delayed, the only products we will likely see to be released any time soon are a new version of the DJI Ronin-SC in late September or the first week of October, and the DJI Osmo Mobile 4. More on this in a later post.
As far as the DJI Mavic 3 is concerned, the drone is pretty much finalized and is currently undergoing final testing. This indicates that a release in 2020 would have been possible if it wasn’t for all the political upheaval and the ever-deteriorating relations between the United States and China.
Here’s the official response from DJI:
“There have been no plans to launch such a product this summer, and we do most certainly not schedule or reschedule product releases according to political events, in the US or elsewhere in the world.”
DroneXL’s take on the official DJI response
🤔 I’m not sure if I buy this. If you run an international company, like DJI, it would seem naive, not to try and navigate trade wars, tariffs, currencies fluctuations, and political events such as the upcoming election in the U.S. Let us know what you think about the DJI Mavic 3 being delayed in the comments below.
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