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Neato's Botvac Connected cleaner boasts Wi-Fi smarts (pictures)

With the Neato Botvac Connected robot vacuum, you'll be able to start, schedule or steer your Neato using your smartphone.

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Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum

Neato's newest robot vacuum is a connected model with Wi-Fi cleaning smarts. Click through to see what it's capable of.

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Same form factor

At its surface, the new Neato looks a lot like the Botvacs that came before it.

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More horsepower

Under the hood, it boasts a battery upgrade, with lithium ion replacing the nickel metal halide battery of older models.

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Cleaning modes

Another upgrade: cleaning modes. The new Neato's got two of them -- Turbo mode and Eco mode. Turbo mode just runs the Neato at its normal full speed, but Eco mode runs the motor at a more relaxed pace for lighter, quieter cleaning runs. That's a nice options -- Neatos tend to get a bit noisy at full power.

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Go time

The app is pretty straightforward, with obvious controls for starting and stopping a run.

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Multiple Neatos

You can even manage multiple Neatos from one account.

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Scheduling

You'll be able to schedule automated cleaning runs right in the app. No more bending over and clicking through the scheduler on the Neato's tiny screen.

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Modes

You can also swap between those two cleaning modes.

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Price point

The Neato Botvac Connected is due in stores by the end of the year, and will sell for $699. We'll have a full review just as soon as we get one back to our test lab.

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