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CeBIT 2007: Samsung Blasts Into Digital Photo Frames

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Given its ubiquity it would be understandable to believe Samsung makes products in every technology category known to man, woman, dog and Manchester United fan but surprisingly it doesn't do digital photo frames... or at least it didn't...

At CeBIT, naturally, the inevitable happened: Sammy unveiled the SPF-72V and SPF-72H, its digital photo frame debuts. With 7in wide screen 800 x 480 screens, the two new models go straight for the jugular of current sector leaders Parrot and Philips.

While simpler 72H is limited to displaying Jpegs, the 72V is a multifaceted beast handling movies and playing MP3s through discrete inbuilt stereo speakers. A 4-in-1 memory card slot means SD, MMC, MS and xD are all on the menu along with USB memory keys while the 72V goes a step further with integrated WiFi enabling it to not only to transfer your photos this way but also sync with Windows Vista allowing you to develop profiles for showing off different groups of snaps at different times. Mighty impressive.

Sammy didn't have any pricing or release info yet but it intimated it wants them on the market soon and at an RRP which gives Parrot and Philips sleepless nights.

Given what I've seen of the unparalleled functionality of 72V and the elegant simplicity of the 72H I think it's safe to say the Samsung bandwagon has rolled into another territory and set up a formidable base camp.

Update: Company execs have now revealed a plan to have a 10in model in stores before the end of the year. If it can get that price point right I suspect many a photo printer will soon be gathering dust in cupboards....

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