realme TechLife Robot Vacuum: first try of the smartphone manufacturer
Realme is expanding their product portfolio, which consists of smartphones, smartwatches and headphones, with a vacuuming robot. The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum is an LDS vacuuming and mopping robot that comes with 3000 pa of suction power and smart mapping. Can they make the leap into the robot vacuuming business?
- Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum
|realme TechLife Robot Vacuum|
|Suction power||3000 pa|
|Navigation||realme Link (Android, iOS)|
|Operating Volume||55 dB (at 500 pa suction power)|
|Dust chamber/water tank||0.6 l dust chamber|
0.3 l dust chamber + 0.35 l water tank (sold separately)
|Dimensions||35 x 35,0 x 10,0 cm|
Together a giant: BBK Electronics
For all those who are not familiar with realme, here is a short introduction. realme belongs to BBK Electronics, a group that is rather unknown to the masses under this name. However, if you mention the other brands like OPPO, Vivo or OnePlus, you have certainly heard of them before. Thus, realme does not lack technical know-how and size, and its smartphones perform quite well in our tests.
So now it’s on to their first robot vacuum, which they are releasing under their sub-brand TechLife. They’re not reinventing the vacuum robot here, but rather relying on familiar design and technology. The robot is completely wrapped in black plastic, but then we find the realme typical yellow accents on the LDS tower.
Lots of suction power & wiping function
On the bottom, we find two rotating brush heads that move the dirt towards the main brush. The suction power is 3000 pa, which is quite a bit. The automatic carpet detection is also practical here, so that it can keep the power at a low level on hard floors and then use the full power on carpets. Nevertheless, you always have to try something like this in practice first.
When wiping, one uses an electronic dosage of the wiping water and masters wiping in a Y-shape. Thus, the robot vacuum wipes a place several times in direct succession, which is supposed to achieve a better result. However, the real TechLife Robot Vacuum probably performs similarly to most vacuum robots. After all, new technologies that put more pressure on the floor, like those from the Roborock S7, do not exist here.
Water tank separately as an accessory
Realme advertises a noise level of 55 dB during vacuuming, but the robot vacuum is only that quiet in Quiet mode with 500 pa suction power. So expect a bit more noise at full power of 3000 pa.
With the dust chamber you get 600 ml of volume and with the dust chamber including the water tank you get 300 ml in the dust chamber and 350 ml in the water tank. It’s a bit of a shame that realme doesn’t include the water tank directly, you have to buy it additionally. However, those who did not want to use the wiping function anyway might save a bit on the total price here.
Navigation via laser room measurement
The robot finds its way around your home via the LDS tower’s laser measurement. There is no 3D recognition via camera, so you have to move obstacles out of the way for the robot. While it cleans your apartment, it creates a map that you can find in the app.
Speaking of the app, the TechLife Robot Vacuum uses the realme Link App (Android, iOS), which serves a similar purpose as the Xiaomi Home app. Here you can find an integration for all kinds of realme products with app, so some of you probably already know it. In the app, it is possible to divide rooms and also assign different suction and wiping levels to them.
For example, in the kitchen you can tell the robot vacuum that it should give full power here, while in the bedroom a little less power is needed. There are also a total of 5 memory locations for maps, virtual walls, no-mop zones, or even the option to automatically clean different rooms at different times. The integration of the voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant is also present.
Now there are also vacuum robots from realme, an expansion of the portfolio ,which certainly makes sense, but we really did not expect now. They start with a solidly equipped LDS model on paper, which meets a lot of competition. In Germany, you can purchase it directly from Realme and pay €279 for the robot vacuum when pre-ordering. The Roborock S5 Max is also in this price segment, and the Dreame Bot L10 Pro is not too far away. Therefore, the robot has to prove itself in practice.
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