Xiaomi’s new 2-in-1 robot vacuum can wash and dry its own mops

Alongside today’s launch of the 12T smartphone series, Xiaomi also announced that its Robot Vacuum X10+ – which debuted in China back in April – is now headed to Europe. This is the company’s most versatile robot vacuum to date: not only can it vacuum at 4,000 Pa and mop with pressurized two rotating pads, but it can also use its base station to automatically empty its trash, refill its water tank, wash its mops and dry them with heat too. All in all, the robot vacuum itself should require little maintenance; All you have to do from time to time is fill up the water tank of the base station and empty the waste water tank and dust container.

This isn’t the first time Xiaomi has released a robot vacuum cleaner with mop cleaning and mop drying capabilities. this was the case for the Chinese market almost a year ago. With other models, you would have to take the mop off and wash it yourself, which honestly isn’t the most pleasant job in the world. Even if you think the mop looks good after each run, there’s a chance it will eventually smell due to the moisture, which encourages fungal growth. This is obviously not good.

Base station of the Xiaomi Robot Vacuum X10+

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The X10+ solves this problem with its multifunctional base station. Once docked, the two mops are cleaned by rotating wet brushes underneath, followed by a two-hour low-heat drying session. Basically, you probably never need to touch the mops until you need to replace them due to wear and tear. In addition, the X10+ can detect carpets with its ultrasonic sensors and then automatically raise its mops.

Like its predecessors, the X10+ uses LDS (Laser Distance Sensor) for indoor mapping and navigation. It’s also equipped with Xiaomi’s own “S-Cross AI” system – a software trick combined with the machine’s two-line laser and RGB camera – to recognize the types of objects in front of you to estimate the appropriate distance for each of them . Let’s say you have a scale in your living room – the X10+ stays 2cm to 4cm away from it, just in case. For general furniture such as a coffee table or couch, the robot can go directly to them to perform its usual tasks. For those concerned about adding yet another camera to their private space, Xiaomi has applied for a TÜV Rheinland Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Standard certificate for its X10+.

The Xiaomi Robot Vacuum X10+ will be available across Europe from 899 euros (approx. 900 US dollars). Compared to the Roomba Combo j7+ for 1,099 US dollars, which was also delivered today, Xiaomi certainly has a price advantage, especially since the competition hardly offers both self-cleaning and self-drying functions for their mopping robots, let alone these combined with an automatic dust emptying container.

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