Xiaomi puts new robot vacuum and mop M30 Pro on sale, starting at US$515

An innovative feature of M30 Pro is a hair-cutting mechanism inside its base, with built-in stainless steel blades to dispose of hair twirl.

M30 Pro, a new robot vacuum and mop introduced by Xiaomi Group (小米科技), went on sale at 10am today, adding to a family of smart home cleaning robots developed by the tech giant.

The robot is available in two versions. The standard, no-frills edition sells for 3,699 yuan (US$515) while the auto water refilling and draining variant carries a sticker price of 4,399 yuan.

According to media reports, M30 Pro can automatically wash the mop with water as hot as 60 degrees Celsius.

After the wash, it dries the cloth within two hours at the earliest, freeing users from the trouble of washing it by hand or airing it in open air.

An oversized dust bag the vacuum comes with can store dust for as long as 75 days before disposal.

All versions of the sweeping robot contain a 4L water tank, but auto refilling and draining is optional.

An innovative feature of M30 Pro is a hair-cutting mechanism inside its base, with built-in stainless steel blades to dispose of hair twirl.

After the robot finishes its job and returns to the base, the internal blades will cut left and right repeatedly at 60 rpm to remove hair entangled on the roller brush.

Afterward, the hair clippings will go into a dust case.

AI-driven recognition

M30 Pro also possesses AI-driven object recognition abilities, allowing it to identify 55 common household items including slippers, socks, and weight scale.

AI capabilities also manifest themselves through other functions. As the robot navigates a home, it recognizes dirt or stains on the floor in real time.

Depending on lighting conditions, the robot switches on or off a LED light. It guides itself on the back of built-in lidars, capable of mapping a whole room in a 360-degree scan.

On carpeted floors, the robot lifts the mop on its own to avoid friction and elevates the suction power for a better cleaning job — it has a 7,000-Pa suction power.

Users can control the gadget from afar either via the Xiaomi app or its smart speaker Xiao’ai. With the press of a few buttons on a smartphone, they can order or schedule a cleaning task or set up no-go zone.

Meanwhile, since the robot vacuum is part of the Xiaomi IoT product line, it can be connected with smart locks, air purifiers and other Xiaomi gizmos.

This means that it can kick into a working mode once it detects a room is without its occupants.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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