Skip to main content

Samsung steps to Dyson with a $1,200 robovac it claims can outsuck anything

Samsung’s Powerbot line of vacuums set a high standard for the world of robotic cleaners when it debuted in 2014. Now, after just two years on the market, it appears the giant electronics company is ready to raise the bar even further. The successor to Samsung’s first go-round with autonomous vacuums, dubbed the Powerbot Turbo, was officially unveiled this week and is now available — just in time to tackle all those holiday cleanup nightmares. It’s being touted as having “the world’s most powerful suction among robot vacuums.”

On paper, the company’s claim of the powerful suction crown equates to 70 times more suction than any other leading robotic vacuum. Geared toward having the uncanny ability to essentially seek out any dirt, dust, or grime calling an owner’s floor home, the Powerbot Turbo even features an enlarged drum brush that excels at cleaning a wider area than any previous release. Its CycloneForce system helps efficiently separate any consumed dust, which helps the unit avoid consistent clogging.

“Homeowners have told us again and again that one of their biggest challenges is keeping their homes clean and getting rid of the floor dirt and dust which never seems to go away,” said John Herrington, senior vice president and general manager of home appliances at Samsung. “The Powerbot Turbo provides levels of performance that no other robot vacuum can match. And it joins a line of other Powerbot products that are your essential and powerful partners for a dirt- and dust-free home.”

In addition to its cleaning prowess, the Powerbot Turbo also features Wi-Fi connectivity, which gives users the ability to control the vacuum’s movements via a smartphone. By utilizing what Samsung has coined “Select & Go,” owners can access a virtual map of their home on their smartphone, and select which rooms they’d like cleaned. The Powerbot Turbo then goes to work. Samsung has even included Amazon Alexa compatibility, which adds a suite of voice-controlled commands to the device.

What truly sets the Powerbot Turbo apart from its competition — and not just its predecessor — lies directly with its intuitive mapping system. Samsung claims the unit has the ability to actually “see” where it’s going. It consistently updates an internal floor plan to help owners know exactly where it’s been and what it’s gathered. With its FullView Sensor, the Powerbot Turbo also boasts the ability to deftly avoid furniture, staircases, and walls, which improves its efficiency but cuts down on some of the humor.

Retailing for $1,200, Samsung’s Powerbot Turbo certainly isn’t cheap, but considering the amount of features and benefits it’s packed with, it’s entirely possible the device is the last robotic vacuum anyone needs to own.

Rick Stella
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Rick became enamored with technology the moment his parents got him an original NES for Christmas in 1991. And as they say…
Samsung reveals it can disable stolen TVs remotely
Samsung TV Block logo displayed over a Samsung TV.

Samsung has the ability to disable its TVs remotely. A recently published Samsung support page and press release spotted by The Verge describes how the company is able to respond to reports of stolen Samsung TVs by using a feature called Samsung TV Block to disable the sets over the internet.

The announcement comes in the wake of violent unrest in South Africa in July. At that time, an undisclosed number of Samsung TVs were stolen from one of Samsung's warehouses, according to the report.

Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G gets a U.S launch. Can it compete with the iPad?
samsung galaxy tab fe 5g us release price availability s7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G is finally getting a U.S. launch and price details after previously having been announced for other markets in May. The S7 FE is a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. Like other “Fan Edition” devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, it acts as a more affordable, mid-range option next to Samsung’s premium lineup, but stands a step above the budget Galaxy Tab A series.

The Tab S7 FE 5G will be available starting August 5 for $669 directly from, AT&T, and Verizon. T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and other retailers will also get it in the following days. The 5G model will only come in Mystic Black, while the Wi-Fi version comes with various color options including black, silver, light green, and light pink.

Read more
Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti goes on sale at $1,200 — and immediately sells out
RTX 3080 Ti in front of a window.

Nvidia's brand-new graphics card, the highly anticipated RTX 3080 Ti, went on sale Thursday, June 3. The card was meant to be a Band-Aid for the current shortage of GPUs, presenting a powerful alternative to the RTX 3080 and a good replacement for the 3090. Unfortunately, the card sold out immediately after hitting the stores, even though it had a pretty hefty price tag.

A new graphics card hitting the market is always an exciting RTX 3080 Ti prospect, but Nvidia's latest release is more than that. At a time when countless users can't build their new PCs due to the unavailability of graphics cards, many were hoping that the RTX 3080 Ti might fix the problem to some extent. The card features a Lite Hash Rate limiter, making it less attractive to those interested in cryptocurrency mining. This gave many users a glimmer of hope. However, the GPU came and went in a flash and is now listed as out of stock at many online retailers.

Read more