GoPro’s troubled Karma drone is back on sale today
A revised battery clasp and several test flights later, Karma’s back in stores.
Surprise! GoPro’s Karma drone is back on sale. GoPro recalled Karma in the run-up to the holidays last year due to instances where drones were losing power mid-flight (not cool, obviously). In early January, the company cryptically “announced” that it would give details on Karma’s return in early February.
Many speculated that probably meant we’d see its return later that month, or early spring. Instead, the news, delivered this morning, is simply that it’s returning to “select” retailers (no word on which), and GoPro’s online store today. International buyers will have to wait just a little longer, with the company only committing to “spring” for non-US customers. The timing isn’t that surprising, as GoPro is also announcing its holiday period financial results to shareholders tomorrow.
If you were hoping Karma might get a little upgrade, or a price-cut upon its return to curry favor with potential and previous customers alike, sadly you were wrong. Introducing new functionality at the same time as trying to isolate and fix a problem is probably not wise, any way. Instead, GoPro hunkered down and clocked in thousands of hours of test flights to make sure its fix (a change in the battery clasp mechanism) had done the job.