News: Frsky X-Lite Radio Transmitter Announced

Frsky’s latest radio, the X-Lite is an exciting new product that has the shape of a gaming controller. In this review we will take a look at the spec and features.

The Frsky X-Lite TX seems to be designed for gamers with the gaming controller style housing. Release date and price haven’t not been announced yet, but according to my sources, it will be released around April this year the soonest.

Further Reading: How to choose a radio transmitter?

The X-Lite will be available soon on:

Features of the X-Lite Transmitter

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but so far we know the X-Lite has the following features:

  • Hall Sensor Gimbals, similar or the same as the M7 or M9 gimbals
  • Powered by OpenTX firmware
  • The X-Lite has a built-in iXJT module, and we’ve been told it has an external JR module bay despite the more compact form factor (still need to confirm this). However TBS has confirmed it won’t work with the TBS Crossfire, and we have yet confirmed what external module it will support at this point
  • Ergonomic design for “thumbers” (pilots who move the sticks only with their thumbs)

X-Lite Spec

Here are the teaser photos leaked by Frsky on Instagram.

It has the 4-way cross key and buttons just like a gamepad! I wonder what else you can use them for apart from controlling the menu? Like gaming maybe?

Between them there are 2 horizontal slots and I think that might be where the speaker is.

Under the “speaker”, you can see 3 ports, possibly power (or headphone jack), Mini USB, and SmartPort.

And no more neck strap hook on Frsky X-Lite transmitter, which makes sense given the small size.

Here is the spec of the X-Lite as far as we know:

  • 128×64 LCD Screen (same screen as the one in the Taranis Q X7)
  • Powered by 2x 18650 18500 Li-ion batteries (rechargeable and removable)
  • Mini USB connection for simulators
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Headphone Jack
  • Smartport Output (for flashing firmware on your Frsky receivers)
  • Colour: Red and Black
  • 2 internal antennas and external antenna

What else do we know, or don’t know yet?

There are only two switches on this TX, probably 3-position switches. They are useful for assigning flight modes, and activating other functions. Maybe this is not enough for some people.

Price has not been confirmed either, but most resellers have created product pages for the X-Lite already with prices around $130-$180. While this is most likely a random number, I think this would be a reasonable price range.

I will post the latest info regarding the X-Lite TX on my FB page and IntoFPV forum, and also keep this post updated.

19 thoughts on “News: Frsky X-Lite Radio Transmitter Announced

  1. Ryan Cheesman

    Was wondering about the lack of trims. I asked FRSky and got the following: The four-way navigation is the trim1 ~trim2, and it will act as trim3~trim4 with pressing on ‘SHIFT’ button. It’s $119 on pre-order, $150 full price.

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  2. Jesse Gyger

    Just read this on rotorgeeks website: “The latest word is that the radios will be released in April (early, late???). The radio will have 4 switches and the price is expected to be between $100 – $150 USD This is great news as there was some mention of a price point above the X9D+. It will ship without batteries and take common 18650 cells. This simplifies shipping and reduces cost as lithium batteries are considered ‘dangerous goods’ and require extra paperwork, certification and cost. “

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  3. jessegyger

    Just take my money… I just pre-ordered this from rotorgeeks. As soon as I heard 2x 18650 removable batteries I was in. More switches would be nice but I could do with just two 3 position. One for arming and one for beeper and turtle mode. I really hope there’s a momentary switch somewhere on it, maybe a trigger?

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    1. Mr Andersson

      It’s not 18650. On product page it says:
      “Here is the instruction for the suitable battery of X-LITE:
      18500 flat top Li-ion Battery
      Diameter: 18mm
      Height: 500mm”

      This is a huge design flaw to me since those batteries are very uncommon and hard-to-get compared to 18650.

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    1. Brandon Knogler

      openTX… you could make tell it to make aileron input turn on your beeper when disarmed or something. You no longer need 16 switches for 16 channels.

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  4. Mr.d

    If it had four switches I would buy it but two is not enough for me even three switches I would probably buy it. Sucks I really wanted something like this but two switches won’t cut it for me. Oh well. Other than that it looks great.

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  5. Jono

    Can we please have TBS crossfire support or at least for the micro?! This is perfect travelling form factor just needs a mid range robust RF link

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  6. Nor Azhar

    Frsky has confirmed in their Instagram that they are using a MICRO Usb port instead of a Mini USB. This is despite the face that 99% of site advertising this product describe it as having a Mini USB port.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      We will update that once Frsky release their final product spec :) at the moment the “info” is all over the places.

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      1. Gullo

        Radio Came out!. I’m waiting for your review Oscar :D there are a few things I’m troubled about the radio so I need assistance to decide :P
        Cheers mat!

      2. Oscar Post author

        I become a bit skeptical after being told by TBS that the Crossfire isn’t supported.
        I think I will wait for the Dark Knight to come out and see how they stack up first :)

  7. Andrew Blanche

    Wish they would consider a top mounted Fpv screen if dimensions are same as say PS4 controller easily a 10hx12w screen could be part of transmitter not a tiny useless screen like on Tango

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    1. Wild Bill

      I am waiting to see a back to back comparison of the Dark Knight and the X-Lite. Whichever wins I am planning on buying one from the second manufacturing round (without the bugs :) )

      or, all these new TXs might push the price of the X9D Plus down and I can get that :)

      Either way it’s good news all round

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  8. Chris FPV

    I was about to buy a Q X7, but now I’m going to hold off. It probably isn’t as versatile as the Q X7, but I’m a thumber and I’m sure it’ll feel much more natural in my hands.

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