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PRESS RELEASE: Samsung Makes Bold Entry Into The Competitive Photo Printer Market

Two New Photo Printers Produce Striking Fade-Resistant 4" x 6" Prints At A Fast 60-Second Print Speed that Lessens the Gap from Snap to Fridge

IRVINE, CA -- Samsung, the world's second largest laser engine manufacturer, bursts onto the photo printer scene with a pair of compact, high quality dye-sublimation photo printers -- the SPP-2020 and the deluxe SPP-2040 -- that allow users to print perfect snap shots, with or without a PC. These desktop units feature an industry-leading 60-second print speed and produce beautiful 4" x 6" prints that emerge dry, and with a water and fade resistant finish that protects photos from fingerprints and smudging.

The SPP-2020

Users can chose to print from their PC via USB 2.0 or directly from a camera phone, camcorder, or digital camera using USB 1.1 PictBridge TM . Both printers are wireless-capable with optional Bluetooth connectivity.

"With our color printer successes fueling the fire, Samsung is ready to make its mark in this important market, which has grown with the digital camera revolution," said Rey Roque, Vice President of Marketing, Samsung's Information Technology Division (ITD). "Samsung is committed to delivering outstanding printing solutions, and we think this is exemplified in the new photo printers which, for example, allow camera phone users to directly print from their phones with USB 1.1 PictBridge TM or wirelessly with the optional Bluetooth."

Unlike ink jet printers, Samsung photo printers' Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer ensures that there is never a color level issue, which occurs when one color of cartridge on an ink jet goes low. The SPP-2020 and SPP-2040 have a built-in ability to balance color-levels, even when printing multiple copies, so they always print perfect rich color prints with pleasing flesh tones.

Samsung SPP-2040: Edit Photos without a PC

Users will appreciate the SPP-2040's 2" color TFT-LCD, which allows for direct photo selection, editing, and deletion without the need for a PC. The screen and touch buttons allow users to zoom in, rotate, resize, crop and then print. Also, no matter what your media, this printer can handle it. The 7-in-1 memory interface is capable of accepting photos from Flash type I, II, Microdriver, SmartMedia, SecureDigital, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick, and XD Cards.

The SPP-2040

The SPP-2020 and SPP-2040 each come with a starter kit of 10 sheets of special Samsung photo paper, and users can stack 20 sheets of paper in the input tray, and 10 sheets in the output tray. Both printers are compatible with Windows (98/ME/2000/XP).

About Samsung's Information Technology Division

Samsung Electronics America's Information Technology Division (ITD), located in Irvine, California, is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (SEC). Samsung's ITD markets a complete line of award-winning TFT and CRT display products, color and monochrome laser printers, fax machines and multifunction devices for professional, corporate and SOHO users. ITD also markets large-screen plasma displays designed specifically for the professional and commercial markets.

The Samsung Electronics America organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung's Consumer Electronics Division (CED) and Information Technology Division (ITD), as well as its subsidiaries including Samsung Telecommunications America (STA) and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI).

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies, with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion.  Employing approximately 123,000 people in 93 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs.

(First posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 13:55 EDT)

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