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Meet the YING Drone

Written by Andrew Maxwell

Commercially available drones have become the hot tech item of the last few years, shifting some of the hype away from their predecessor – smartphones and their ever-evolving cameras. These days, drones are everywhere, helping us to sell our homes, record sporting events, combat deforestation and clear landmines. The hype surrounding them has encouraged a number of developers to outdo each other, much in the same way that the big mobile phone companies have done over the last decades.

Another similarity with smartphones is the emphasis placed on processor speed and quality. Smartphone users who are aware of the power of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors will appreciate their use in the latest drone: the YING commercial drone, designed by Chinese behemoths Tencent and Zerotech, is the first to incorporate the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight. For Zerotech, in particular, the launch amounts to another success, after the good reception given to its Dobby selfie drone, earlier in the year.

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This announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show – CES 2016 – in Las Vegas, in which YING’s computational power and advanced software were widely hailed along with other state-of-the-art mobile tech. The drone also features GPS, 4K Ultra HD capture and serious connectivity, all configured to operate smoothly mid-roll or loop.

For video enthusiasts, the YING is something of a dream come true, as it offers super-sampling technology, which automatically stabilizes, corrects and can be streamed or uploaded at 1080p or 720p in FPV. This means you can be out and about with your drone and broadcasting to the world in real time.

If you’ve had a Snapdragon processor in your smartphone, you’ll know how powerful it can be. That’s nothing, however, compared with when you give it wings. YING shows off the unbridled power of the Snapdragon Flight in a way which lays down the gauntlet for future drones.

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