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Samsung goes Android for printers

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A new family of MFDs from Samsung uses the Android operating system.

While Samsung is using its Tizen OS for its 2015 TVs and a new smartphone for the India market, the company has turned to Android for its eight new Smart MultiXpress MFDs.

Like many recent MFDs, members of the Samsung Smart MultiXpress series are capable of standalone operation, whether that is to print documents from or scan them to servers, network shares and USB drives. But it goes further in that the 10.1in touch panel combined with relevant apps makes it possible to print web pages, emails, maps and other content without the need for an external device. That includes scanning to and printing from Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote and other services.

The UI is based on Samsung's Smart UX Centre as seen on Galaxy smartphones and tablets, and the screen includes haptic feedback.

Document preview, editing and annotation are also available via the screen, while the optional NFC Pro module simplifies printing from compatible mobile devices, allows for strong user authentication, and simplified administration (e.g., specifying security settings by tapping a device).

The use of Android opens the possibility of adding more printing apps, and the MFDs are also compatible with Samsung's XOA (eXtensible Open Architecture) allowing customisation for particular business needs.

The eight models fall into four series.

The X4300 A3 colour models have a dual-scanning ADF capable of handling 100 double-sided colour pages per minute (120 for mono), and are rated at 85,000 pages per month. Toner refills provide a nominal 23,000 (black) or 20,000 (colour) pages.

The three members of this series are the X4300LX (30ppm), X4250LX (25 ppm), and X4220RX (22ppm).

The K4350 series is basically the monochrome equivalent of the X4300. Toner refills are good for a nominal 35,000 pages.

The three members of this series are the K4350LX (35ppm, $), K4300LX (30 ppm), and K4250RX (22ppm).

The M5370LX model is an A4 mono MFD with an output speed of up to 53 ppm and a scan speed of up to 80 double-sided pages per minute. It is said to be capable of 300,000 pages per month with 30,000 pages per toner refill.

The M4580FX rounds out the Smart MultiXpress range. This A4 mono MFD can scan up to 60 double-sided pages per minute, and print at up to 45ppm. It is rated at up to 200,000 pages per month and 40,000 pages per toner refill.

The nominal drum life is 100,000 for every model in the family.

"Samsung is committed to developing simple and efficient methods to help maximise productivity and efficiency for Australian companies," said Samsung Electronics Australia director of enterprise and small medium business Todd Lynton.

"Our new printer line combines advanced printing technology innovation and performance with the user friendly Android operating system to provide businesses and IT administrators with Samsung's smart office experience."

All models are available immediately, but you'll have to ask a Samsung partner how much they cost, because Samsung wouldn't provide iTWire with prices - so draw your own conclusions.

These MFDs are also available as part of managed print services agreements with Samsung partners.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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