OnePlus tiny April Fools' drone is real and for sale

The Chinese smartphone maker has managed to ruin its own April Fools' joke -- the 70mm DR-1 drone is actually real and can be purchased from its online store.

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Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has announced a flying drone, the OnePlus DR-1, calling it a "game changer."

The DR-1's product page spouts impressive lines such as "innovating a whole new way of thinking about drones" and telling users to "push the envelope" with this flying machine. Except it's just 70mm wide.

You might be thinking that the DR-1 is an April Fools' day prank, and, well, it's supposed to be -- but OnePlus has ruined its own joke by actually selling a limited quantity of the tiny quadcopters. And if you act fast, you can nab one on the company's website and have it shipped to a US address.

The drone has a flight time of 7 to 8 minutes, and needs to be recharged for 20 minutes between flights. It weighs just 12.5 grams, fits in the palm of your hand and sells for just $20 (about £15 or AU$25). A controller is used to pilot the drone, and it doesn't seem like you'll be able to use your phone to do so.

Check out the teaser video of the drone below, and be sure to let us know what you think about this "joke." Yay or nay?