Version 2 Aircraft: Everything You Need To Know

Version 2 Aircraft: Everything You Need To Know

Version 2 has arrived.

As many may already know, the global chip shortage has made it difficult to continue producing the first version of the EVO II, Smart Controller, and Live Deck. As a result, a second version of these platforms has been produced.

With v2 aircraft now available for purchase, pilots old and new may be wondering what the change means for them. Here are a handful of things you may need to know:


1. Will v1 and v2 be cross-compatible with one another?

No; v2 remote controllers will not be able to communicate with v1 aircraft or vice versa. All payloads are still interchangeable.


2. Will batteries still be cross-compatible?

Yes. Batteries will remain cross-compatible.


3. Will my Live Deck be compatible with v2 aircraft?

No. The EVO II v2 chipset is not compatible with Live Deck. However, we are developing a streaming solution that will be released in the future.


4. Will v1 and v2 use different apps?

No. Both versions of the EVO II will still utilize the Autel Explorer app.


5. How can I tell which version my EVO II is?

Check the top of your aircraft shell. If you have a v2, it will be labeled as “V2” between the top obstacle avoidance sensors. If you have a v1, there will be no label.


6. Will my EVO II be compatible with the Autel Smart Controller?

Due to the global chip shortage, there will also be two different versions of the Autel Smart Controller. The same logic applies: v1 Smart Controllers will only be compatible with v1 EVO II aircraft, and v2 Smart Controllers will only be compatible with v2 EVO II aircraft.


7. Will this change affect my warranty status or my ability to get my drone serviced by Autel Robotics?

No. All versions of the EVO II still carry the same one-year manufacturer’s warranty. We will also continue to service both versions of the EVO II.

If parts are not available for your version of the EVO II, we will perform the repair and/or replacement of your product with another version of equivalent value.


8. Is dual-band the same as v2?

Yes. Retailers such as B&H may use different terminology, such as “single-band” to refer to v1 products and “dual-band” to refer to v2 products.


9. Can I trade in my v1 aircraft for a v2 product?

No. At this time, Autel Robotics is not offering a trade-in for v1 drones.

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  • Ed Ruttledge

    This is a straight forward explanation of the V2 issue – thank you. My EVO 1 has been damaged beyond repair. I am shopping for an EVO II V2 (who doesn’t want to have their own personal V2?). Yet, there appears to be none available from any vendor. When do you expect the EVO II V2 to actually be on the market?

    Be well.

    Ed Ruttledge – Salem, Oregon

  • Massimiliano Dalla Valle

    Very good

  • costa v keeren

    wen relaes the autel nano 249 grams

  • Alex

    Well it’s good to know that there is a little bit of life left in the v1. I purchase my V1 and no sooner than I was able to have a few flights it was announced the V2 was coming out. I hope Autel will give come up with a buy back program or discount on the next drone purchase.
    With that said the EVO II is a great drone!
    Thank you Autel.

  • Tim Wiley

    Still love my version 1 Evo 2 Pro and Smart Controller. Too Bad about the chip shortage. Great products. Never any issues and a flawless flyer. Love it. the Smart Controller is absolutely great, Is there going to be a way to replace the screen protector?

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