It seems as though China-based drone maker WLtoys just got inspired by the Inspire 1 from DJI. WLtoys have announced the WLtoys Q333, which is essentially a knock-off of the Inspire 1 but a hell lot more affordable.
Chinese companies have been ripping off designs since as long as you can remember. However, with time, a lot of the new Chinese firms started producing stuff that was original and unlike anything else.
This includes DJI, a brand that’s synonymous with consumer drones. DJI have more than just a few original drones to their credit, including the extremely popular DJI Phantom and Inspire series.
WLtoys Q333, aka ‘WLtoys Inspire 1’?
To put things into perspective, the Inspire 1 is a $3000 drone while the WLtoys Q333 is $160 with free shipping all around the world. Quite a difference, clearly!
With the difference in price, there (naturally) comes a difference in specs. But this is the thing about new-age companies — they keep pushing the boundaries, either with the tech they offer or how much it is sold for.
less than $100 $160, the WLtoys Q333 gives you a full 5.8GHz FPV platform to hone your skills on. This includes the drone, a (0/3 mega-pixel/VGA) camera on it, a monitor attached to the controller and everything else required to make it work. The makers also ship a 4GB microSD card with it so you can start shooting aerial video right out of the box.
Heck, the arms even retract on the Q333, giving it a complete Inspire 1 ‘feel’. To be honest, I’m pretty excited to test this one out!
It seems as thought the Q333 uses a proprietary battery connector, which is a bit of a shame. However, that should make the battery easy to install and remove. As for the capacity, the battery measures 2000mAh (7.4V/20C). The motors on this one seem to be of the brushed type.
You can purchase the Q333 for $160 shipped by following this link. There are a few different versions of the WLtoys Q333; the one discussed here turned out to be the Q333-A variant, with FPV.