If you thought the Edge took the cake as far as exercises in impracticality go, you haven’t seen Samsung’s Smart MultiXpress printer series.
Versatility is the name of the game, apparently. Billed as the world’s 1st printer powered by Android, MultiXpress printers feature a 10-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback for printing directly from on-device software like web browsers, email clients, and mapping applications. Preview, edit, and annotation functions are also built in for convenience, though whether using these apps is advantageous to, say, a PC is certainly up for debate.
Hardware-wise, the MultiXpress series features a dual-core CPU and contains NFC hardware for “easy” printing from smartphones and tablets, plus authentication capabilities for enterprise. As you’d expect, the printers plug into Samsung’s printing platforms and cloud solutions for business.
My take? I’m definitely disappointed the MultiXpress printers aren’t IP67 certified dust- and water-resistant. Also, Samsung somehow managed to omit the most important detail from its press release: whether or not the bootloader is unlocked. I can’t wait to see the devs at XDA tackle these babies.
Update: Samsung PR reached to clarify that the MultiXpress series isn’t IP67 certified because the product “is for indoor use only and does not need to receive those certifications.” (I guess that explains it.) Also, the bootloader is locked, ostensibly to prevent “hacking.” Good to know.