iFlytek's remarks came as the company, better known for its speech recognition technologies and a series of AI-powered smart gadgets, announced a foray in October into smart household cleaning gadgets.
The lull in disclosure on the part of Ecovacs and Roborock, which together grab a domestic market share of more than 50%, has called their financial well-being into question.
As a robot vacuum war heats ups in China and growth of the category slows, the focus of the industry has shifted from technical improvement to lean operation and cost reduction.
To enable the device to enter narrow space close to the floor, such as under the couch or bed, Ecovacs swapped the top-mounted mechanical lidar on its previous models for a built-in semi-solid state lidar developed in-house.
The launch of J4 has delivered a boost to Narwal in its competition with these market incumbents.
Narwal's introduction of S1 has been widely interpreted as a move that will raise the stakes in China's already intense "war" of household gadgets.
Like many Xiaomi IoT products, the robot can be activated remotely to perform cleaning tasks through the MI Home app. Besides, the user can also book a cleaning session and set up no-go zones on the app.
S10 and S10+ have lots of competition to beat abroad, including domestic counterparts Roborock (石头科技, 688169.SH), Ecovacs (科沃斯, 603486.SH) and Narwal (云鲸) and foreign rivals like iRobot.
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