Teardown: Drone streams live video
By default, the CX-10W is also controlled by that same Android- or iOS-based device ... but drone enthusiasts report that a CX-10 or CX-10C's transmitter can alternatively also control the quadrotor. If true, this means that the CX-10W simultaneously supports two different 2.4 GHz protocols; industry-standard 802.11, and Panchip Microelectronics' proprietary scheme. How did Cheerson accomplish this wireless juggling act? Let's find out.
A few external packaging shots to start out; the box is much smaller this time, since the standalone remote control isn't included:
As you can see from the package markings, the CX-10W comes in three different colors. I randomly received the pink option:
Here it is out of the box but still in restraints:
And here's what's underneath it: a charging cable, four spare blades, and an as-usual skimpy instruction manual:
Here are four sequential quadrant views of the quadrotor, showing the power switch and charging port, camera, etc. (but perhaps obviously, no microSD slot this time):
And here's a peek at the underside; as usual with Cheerson drones, water landings are not recommended:
Look closely, and you'll peruse something we haven't seen before with either the CX-10 or CX-10C ... an external antenna. Here's a closeup, intact:
For reasons that will become clearer shortly, I'm pretty sure this one is for 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi.