Rumors became reality when the upcoming DJI Avata FPV (First Person View) drone appeared on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) website.
You can view the documents by accessing the FCC identification website (opens in new tab) where you can see that Avata received the SS3 grantee code and you can read some documents relating to the drone. The reason this sudden appearance is so important is that it could point to an imminent release date. Original reports indicated a late release due to production movement. But according to drone news site Drone DJ (opens in new tab)may not be the case.
The FCC issues beneficiary codes when a product is finished being tested. It tests devices that communicate wirelessly to ensure they meet US communication standards. Since Avata got the thumbs-up from the FCC, Drone DJ claims that this is an indication of a release date soon, although no one other than DJI knows when that will be. We’ve reached out to DJI and asked about the Avata release date and will update this story if they get back to us.
If you look through the FCC documents, you won’t find much technical information; not even an official image of the drone. There is one recently leaked image, But that’s it. Most documents are test results or letters to the agency. The only interesting detail comes from the bottom tag (opens in new tab) which reveals that the Avatar will have a 2,420 mAh battery. The current battery for DJI FPV drones is 2,000 mAh (opens in new tab) and offers a maximum flight time of 20 minutes. With that in mind, this could indicate that the Avatar will have a longer flight time.
The other two devices
Alongside the Avatar, the FCC filing also reveals two new devices: the DJI Glasses 2 (opens in new tab) and the O3 air unit (opens in new tab). Likewise, details about these devices are sparse. The Goggles 2 appears to be a continuation of the DJI FPV Goggles V2 headset and there will be two models, according to official label (opens in new tab): Model RCDS18 and RCDS18B. What’s odd, though, is that there’s no apparent difference between the two earbuds.
According to Model Difference Confirmation Letter (opens in new tab), the models “are identical in circuit design, PCB layout, electrical component users, internal wiring, except for the differences noted below.” However, no differences are listed. Rumors of new FPV Goggles circulated prior to this leak and these rumors also said that the device would be released with the Avatar. This could mean that one model will be packaged with the drone and the other could be a standalone unit. But without more concrete information, it’s just conjecture.
For the O3 Air Unit, less was revealed. The FCC files only show the results of wireless communication tests to ensure the device meets US regulations so it could be a drone like the Avatar. O label gives no indication (opens in new tab), not even which battery it has. O3 Air Unit tips are as old as May 2022 (opens in new tab).
Ultimately, we’ll have to wait until DJI releases more information about the O3 Air Unit. We can, however, take solace in the confirmation of the Avata drone and the potential release date soon. If you are interested in getting into drones, we have a list of the best drones for 2022, so you can start shooting your own cool videos.