UPDATE: Those things below the d-pads are speakers. SPEAKERS!

We just got our hands on a review unit of the new Yuneec Typhoon H drone. The first thing I pulled out of the box was the remote control, and it’s a whopper. The controller is over a foot long, and features a built-in Android tablet with a 7-inch screen. It has two joysticks, two D-pads, five switches, four buttons, and three adjustable knobs. That’s not counting the five touchscreen buttons on the tablet.

Intel is an investor in Yuneec, and the controller features the friendly little “Intel inside” logo. If you needed more convincing that this piece of gear is packing serious compute power, just take a look at the back. It’s a remote control, but it has two fans!

This thing is an absolute beast, and I am pumped to be the drone bro with the heftiest piece of hardware.



So let’s think about this – what if you added a Bluetooth keyboard. Might you then have yourself a handy dandy office from which to file flight plans, send invoices and more? Could you do quick rough cuts on location? It says Intel Inside… could that mean apps inside? Could the Android be fully functional?
If you go to the Yuneec website you will learn that this 21st century equivalent of a boom box is called the ST-16. You can view real-time footage in HD 720p on the screen with the integrated digital video downlink with a range of up to 1 mile (1.6km). The camera specs are 4K UHD 30fps, HD 1080p 120fps video / 12 Megapixel still.
The pre-order price is US$1,2999 for the bird and the transmitter and they expect to start shipping in June. Wow.
No word though about a neck strap…



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