New Taranis X-Lite S and Pro Models Announced

FrSky announced two new upgraded models of the popular X-Lite transmitter today. They offer some great upgrades over the original model with features that have been heavily requested.

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New X-Lite Radios Announced

FrSky announced two new upgraded models of the popular X-Lite transmitter today. They offer some great upgrades over the original model with features that have been heavily requested. Both feature USB charging now, so no more taking out the batteries to charge. They also offer motion controls, upgraded RF with longer telemetry range and 2 momentary buttons added in. The Pro version has all metal gimbals too. These are great additions and I'm thinking I'll have to pick up the Pro model for my DLG's. Fun stuff. The Taranis X-Lite S is $149.99 and the Taranis X-Lite Pro is $199.99.

Here's more from FrSky:

"With the growing acclaim of the new compact X-Lite form factor, FrSky is introducing this upgraded version. The Pro and S versions combine all the benefits of the preceding design with the features of our full-sized radios, along with the newly developed ACCESS (Advanced Communication Control, Elevated Spread Spectrum) protocol.

New for the PRO version is a high-quality, all-metal CNC hall sensor gimbal. Checking the airwaves for RF noise is now possible with the new power meter and spectrum analysis function added to the OpenTX firmware. Both versions feature the addition of an improved wireless trainer function which makes them compatible with the FrSky Free Link App. The best thing about the Pro and S models is that pilots can now expect even lower latency and enhanced performance due to our new ACCESS transmission protocol. With the integrated 6-axis sensor unit, pilots can use the radio as a motion-sensing controller to control the inputs of a model during flight or use it to point a camera in the desired direction. Like all of our transmitters, all of the beloved features from previous Taranis are included such as full haptic feedback and voice alerts, as well as telemetry and 24 channels and an additional 2 momentary buttons are installed."

Specifications:

  • Number of channels: 24 channels
  • Weight: 308g/ 376g (with battery)
  • Operating Voltage Range: 6.0 ~ 8.4V
  • Operating Current: [email protected]
  • Operating Temperature: -20C ~ 60C (-4F ~ 140F)
  • Backlight LCD resolution : 128*64
  • Model memories: 60 models (expandable by micro TF card)
  • Micro USB interface: supports 2S Li-battery balancing charge

Check out the New Taranis X-Lite S and Pro Models Here

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Mar 19, 2019, 10:01 AM
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ACCESS (Advanced Communication Control, Elevated Spread Spectrum) protocol.
Mar 19, 2019, 01:30 PM
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Looks like I picked a crap time to buy an x-lite. I was a bit bummed about the trainer port thing now that I'm a headtracker user. The ability recharge using a USB cable sounds really handy.

"Motion sensing control" sounds like a fun way to work a pan-tilt camera or drive my model cars holding the radio like a steering wheel.
Mar 19, 2019, 03:03 PM
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I was about to buy an X-Lite. I'm so glad I decided to wait.
Mar 19, 2019, 04:04 PM
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The ability to recharge via USB is available as a DIY upgrade to the original (Search this site for USB Charging for Taranis X Lite Radio) , but like you I am wondering if I bought a original too early.
Mar 19, 2019, 04:19 PM
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Any idea if these new models will use 18650 cells vs the original with the 18500s?
Mar 19, 2019, 04:51 PM
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Caps looks the same, so I would guess it's still 18500s.
Mar 19, 2019, 09:42 PM
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Looks good
Mar 19, 2019, 10:30 PM
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24 channels --- should make it's way to the rest of the line if that protocol is just a firmware upgrade for the xjt modules.

where are the two extra momentary buttons? hopefully in a dlg-launch-friendly location
Mar 19, 2019, 10:46 PM
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more info here too: https://www.frsky-rc.com/advanced-co...read-spectrum/
  • 8 channel mode: Latency 11ms / Telemetry upstream rate increased 40% / Telemetry downstream rate increased 60%
  • 16 channel mode: Latency 22ms / Telemetry upstream rate increased 40% / Telemetry downstream rate increased 60%
  • 24 channel mode: Latency 22ms / Telemetry upstream rate increased 40%
Mar 20, 2019, 07:09 AM
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The momentary buttons look like they are on top between the switches. Not DLG friendly, but maybe you can swap them with the far left or right switch for DLG launches.
Mar 20, 2019, 11:57 AM
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Sincerely, we don't need a new protocol, which surely will not be backward compatible !
Would be the sign that Frsky adopted all the bad habits of a big brand...
Mar 20, 2019, 12:15 PM
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Sincerely, we don't need a new protocol, which surely will not be backward compatible !
Would be the sign that Frsky adopted all the bad habits of a big brand...
Ah yes, it's so bad when significant new capability is added.

It's pretty clear that there is more capability here. Both increased telemetry bandwidth and extra channels (instead of 8/16ch, it's now 8/16/24ch). That also means that if OpenTX can be updated to support it you could go to 48ch on a dual-module install (assuming we see an external ACCESS module)

Some of the TX sharing capabilities that have been asked for are being included, as well as receiver channel remapping, automatic binding, wireless binding, and what sounds like multiple supported telemetry-bound receivers.

The only real question is will this be a firmware update, or is the change inherently in the hardware. Would be nice if you can upgrade receivers and/or current TX's to support ACCESS.
Mar 20, 2019, 12:17 PM
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I was also going to buy an xlite and I'm SOOO glad I waited !!
Mar 20, 2019, 03:00 PM
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D8 series can be made s-port by firmware upgrade, they refused, guess why...

Always it was a temptation to invent reasons to justify upgrades, a new wave of products that nobody asked for, led to more purchases...
Today backward compatibility is a forgotten virtue, you are a dinosaur if invoking such argument.


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