The DJI Air 2S showed up in the FCC filings under the ID DA2SUE12011, indicating that we will see an upgraded version of the DJI Mavic Air 2 soon. Interestingly, DJI has decided to leave out the word Mavic and calls this drone simply the DJI Air 2S. This is a trend we have seen with other recent DJI products as well, such as the Mini 2, OM4, and O3. Let’s take a closer look and see what we can find out about this new DJI drone.
DJI Air 2S shows up in FCC filings
The original DJI Mavic Air 2 was launched about one year ago is hailed by many as DJI’s best all-rounder, offering the best bang-for-your-buck. The MA2 is such a capable drone that it almost rivals the more expensive DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom.
The FCC filing shows a new listing for the DJI Air 2S (DA2SUE12011) and seems to indicate an upgraded version of the original DJI Mavic Air 2.
Wouldn’t it be too soon for DJI to introduce a successor for the DJI Mavic Air 2?
Well, not necessarily. We have seen the same happen with the introduction of the DJI Mavic Mini that was replaced roughly one year later by the DJI Mini 2 that brought significant improvements such as OcySync video transmission and 4K video at a much higher bit rate.
It seems likely that we can expect something similar in the case of the DJI Air 2S. The question that remains though, is what are the likely upgrades we expect to see in this new DJI drone?
Better camera sensor?
An improved camera sensor could be a potential upgrade for the DJI Air 2S. OsitaLV mentioned on Twitter the possibility of the new DJI drone having the 1/1.7″ IMX686 sensor on board that can take 64MP photos and shoots video at 4K resolution and 60 fps.
DJI’s new O3 (formerly known as OcuSync 3.0)
The new DJI Air 2S could include DJI’s latest video transmission system, which is now called O3 instead of OcuSyn 3.0. This system is also onboard the DJI FPV drone that was recently released.
DJI Airsense or ADS-B In
In 2019, DJI announced that as of 2020 all, new DJI drones weighing more than 250 grams would have DJI’s Airsense technology (ADS-B In) onboard. ADS-B In warns the drone pilot of any nearby manned aircraft that have ADS-B Out onboard and activated. When the DJI Mavic Air 2 was first introduced ADS-B In was only available for the North American market. It could be that the DJI Air S2 will not include DJI’s Airsense technology for all markets.
The FCC filing itself doesn’t give us a whole lot of information. The location of the label will be in the same spot as before, which is in the battery compartment. The battery will be 11.55V, 3500mAh, 40.42Wh which is the same as on the original MA2, so we’re not expecting any additional flight time.
When can we expect the new DJI Air 2S?
When can we expect the new DJI Air 2S to be brought to the market? Well, nowadays you can have the FCC filings be made public very soon before launching a new product. So we might see the new DJI drone within a matter of weeks. Typically, when DJI launches a new drone the media gets a heads up and a review sample a few weeks before the official launch. This has not happened yet with this particular model. However, maybe DJI treats this slightly differently if it is not much more than an upgrade to the existing MA2. We will have to wait and see.
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