Coming soon: Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 4K Drone

FIMI X8 SE drone

A few weeks ago, on FiMI’s website, a new banner appeared with the text “Totally Evolved – 10th December 2018“. It was the first clue that a new Xiaomi FiMI drone will be announced soon. Unlike its predecessors, the new Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE features a foldable design. Let’s have a closer look on the first rumors about the Fimi X8 drone!

While the recently released FiMI A3 features only a 1080P camera, the Fimi X8 SE will have 4K camera. Furthermore, it has a 3-axis gimbal instead of only a 2-axis one. It seems that FiMI wants to offer a real alternative for DJI’s Mavic series. But, IMHO, without an obstacle avoidance system, this is a lost cause no matter how friendly the price will be.

Fimi X8 SE rumors

The Fimi X8 SE comes with lots of fail-safe features. In addition to the usual auto RTH, on low battery, it has wind warning and auto-hover on no fly-zones. 

Fimi X8 SE drone features & specs

  • Ultra-portable design with foldable arms;
  • Expandable remote controller;
  • Double positioning system (GPS & GLONASS);
  • Precise vision positioning system;
  • Smart track and smart light;
  • Fail-safe return to home (Low battery & Signal loss);
  • Wind warning;
  • 4K camera with 1/2.3″ CMOS image sensor;
  • 12MP photo resolution (JPG & JPG+DNG);
  • UHD video recording (3840×2160@30fps);
  • Panorama and Motion-lapse modes;
  • Up to 100Mbps video bit-rate;
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal;
  • Up to 5KM control range;
  • Around 33 minutes of flight time.

FiMI X8 SE flight time

Powered by a 3s/4500mAh battery, the FiMI X8SE quadcopter has an impressive 33 minutes of flight time. I would be curious to test if this time is actuall flying time or only hovering time.

Camera sample video (by FiMI)

Price & Availability

On the FiMI website, the X8SE is listed for $399, which is the same price as the Hubsan Zino is advertised. This price includes a remote controller, flight battery, 3 pairs of propellers, charger, and user manual. At Banggood, it is promoted for $499, but unfortunately, the status is “In stock alert“.


  1. do not invest your money in the FIMI X8, besides the firmware and app problems, Xiaomi’s customer support seems terrible :(((

  2. Received this morning!
    I’m happy, exactly 20 days for come in Belgium, luckily the package is not damage :)
    Should I fly before firmware upgrade? any suggestion to not break it?

    • Likely not needed, but you know better safe than sorry… Anyway, it is a must have you change your flying zone!

    • did you contacted FIMI or the seller, any answer???
      Mine has screen blackout, I think it could be a problem of cables….

  3. NEW android app as just announced and it comes with two new features:
    – new function: flight log
    – firmware update function optimization

  4. I just received mine :). Till now I was a DJI pilot. I own a Mavic Air and Pro 2 Zoom.
    The FIMI X8 SE is a truly nice drone. It flies well and image quality is quite nice. Due its friendly price it is a good alternative for the Mavic Air, but frankly can’t be compared with any of the Mavic Pro versions.
    BTW, if you want I can send you my full FiMI X8 review

    • Hola una consulta aque se debe el error de emergencia returnd failsafe .. te agradecería mucho
      Hello, a question that it has fail-safe return due to the emergency error .. I would really appreciate it

    • Yes, just found it too:)
      here are the terms:
      1. make sure you already have got the X8
      2. Kindly share your test results and feedback with our RD team
      3. Send us your Fimi ID in private.
      4. The active beta testers will have the priority to get our coupons, test samples etc

  5. Do you know if the X8 SE has big latency with all android tablets? I found the lag very annoying :(
    sorry for my English

    Laci from Hungary

  6. I have $500 for new drone. I want GPS and 4K camera, Any suggestion besides the FIMI X8 SE?
    Those lucky of you who have received their X8SE, is it worth the money?

    • this is a very sad news :( why they accept orders if can’t honor it in-time.
      While I like the FiMi X8 SE very much, I will not pay $500+ and wait for it forever…..

      sorry for my English
      Hans from Austria

  7. now it is listed for $1000! insane price for a non DJI drone… Also, it still not has a user manual and you can’t find a truly useful Fimi X8 SE review.

  8. Anyone have experience with, or know the quality of Xiaomi customer care? DJI has a great team and customer care program, eg the Care program, here in the U.S. Curious with Xiaomi, are you on your own if/when a problem arises?

    • Hi Grigor,

      We have to admit, that DII products have much better reputation than any other drone brand. IMHO they are the best on the market. But, surely the FiMI has a much atractive price tag. Hope that the first reviews will prove the is not just cheap but also very good (in both terms: image quality and flight performance)

  9. I own the Mi 4k, it is a very good drone, but not portable as the new FiMI. Plus, the X8 SE has some cool features that the old Xiaomi quad doesn’t have….So it is time to switch :D

  10. hi guys!
    Does anyone know what “TDMA HD” means? I read that the FiMI X8SE is connected to your phone via OTG cable. So the FPV will work over this cable not ower WiFI?? (like in case of DJI Ocusync). Anyone know the FPV resolution and range?


  11. 5KM range??? this is close to that the Mavic 2 has!
    It will have FCC and CE version of the FiMI X8? or control range will be changed according to your GPS location.

  12. wow, looks damn nice!
    I will cancel my A3 order and place it again for the FiMI X8. I like that it is foldable. It is more easy to carry.

    • My A3 is its on way, I will keep it for FPV flights with goggles and I will also order a X8 SE for aerial filming. Hopefully its 4K camera will be at least as good as a Mavic Pro.


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