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How to print instantly from your Samsung Galaxy S5: New NFC Xpress printers hold the key

Industry giant Samsung has unveiled two new NFC-ready printer lines at CeBIT 2014 in Hannover.

Samsung's latest products are aimed squarely at the SME market and are complemented by a refreshed Cloud Print app featuring improved security.

The Samsung Xpress C1860 is a colour printer that comes with two processors and 256MB of RAM, while stablemate the Xpress M2885 is monochrome unit packing a single 600MHz chip and 128MB of memory.

Samsung's new duo will be available as either a printer-only unit, or as a larger model coming with full MFP functionality - scanning, copying, and faxing. The latest Xpress offerings are both A4-only, with the colour variant running to 18ppm, and the monochrome at 28ppm.

The real selling point of the new products, however, are their integration of NFC technology. This will allow users to print documents simply by tapping an NFC-ready device onto the printer, potentially saving businesses valuable time as employees will no longer have to transfer files across multiple devices.

"As mobile becomes more central to the everyday working environment, these NFC-enabled printers let SMBs conduct their business seamlessly as well as catering for the growing BYOD trend," commented Mark Ash, UK general manager for printing at Samsung.

He added: "The printer will become more than just a piece of hardware that prints documents. It will become an essential solution for companies."

Both of the new lines will be fully compatible with Samsung's updated Cloud Print application, which integrates Knox security features for enabled devices, while other handsets and tablets will have their data secured via encryption.

Samsung has indicated that the Xpress C1860 and Xpress M2885 will start hitting European shelves in April, but has yet to confirm pricing.

The new Samsung Cloud Print apps will be available for Android in June, with an iOS version expected later in 2014.