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Samsung Navibot S SR8950

Samsung wasn't putting an emphasis on their robotic vacuum cleaner lineup at CES 2012. They have had a small block with one demo unit and a few other on display. None of them were any new, they were the same models that were introduced at IFA in Berlin last year.

Samsung Navibot S robots will be available in three versions. The Navibot S SR8950 is the simplest version with a regular docking station, while the SR8980 model comes with a docking station that can empty the dust bin of the robot each time it returns to the base. The third model with a front mounted camera only had a Korean model name (VC-RM84V). It is supposed to have wireless connectivity to transfer the live view of the camera over the network, but Samsung was not demoing it there. The docking station with the dust bin emptying feature was not on display at all.

Although it is not obvious from the video above, Samsung Navibot robots sport a mapping functionality and cover the floor methodically, just like Neato, Mint and LG robots do. This means that they clean the floor line by line instead of wandering around randomly. Positioning is enhanced with a camera mounted on the top of the robot (Visionary Mapping Plus System).

The availability of these robots in the US is still unknown, but the SR8950 and SR8980 models are already on sale in some European countries. The third model with the surveillance camera will arrive later because Samsung is planning provide telecommunication services along the robot, and talks with service providers are still on their way.

Samsung Navibot S SR8950 bottom
Samsung Navibot S SR8950 touch panel user interface
Samsung Navibot S SR8950 camera on the top
Samsung Navibot S SR8950 large particle filter of the dust bin
Samsung Navibot S SR8950 dust bin
Samsung Navibot S SR8950 fine filter

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"the SR8950 and SR8980 models are already on sale in some European countries"

Does anyone know where we can buy these from? I've been keeping an eye on a few forums but haven't seen where or when they will be available.

Thanks

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Which country do you live in? It should be on sale in France and may be in Spain, but the SR8950 model will arrive to Hungary in May. I assume sales will start in more than one country this spring. I have the SR8950 in house for a detailed review, so stay tuned.

SR8980 you know when and where will be available, I live in Portugal.

I am in Australia, I'm certain the new models won't be available here for at least a few years because we're behind in all robot vacuum models. I was planning on getting one shipped over so the closer to home the better. English menus would also be a plus :)

Tibor's picture

I don't know what is the closest market to you where they sell these. Naturally Korea would probably be the best source, but those robots might speak Korean (as my LG Roboking does). The review sample I have speaks English, and it seems to be an all European version. I would start with asking sellers on ebay what language their robots speak.

Thanks Tibor, I've been checking the Samsung sites, the only countries that list the 8980 and 8950 are Czech and somewhere else around there, both have 0 sellers listed. Nothing on e-bay that I can find yet, I guess I'll have to be patient. Thanks again.

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