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Photokina News: HP Intros Large-Format Home Printer

Cologne, Germany — Hewlett-Packard announced a large-format home photo printer and new scanner at the Photokina trade show, here, this week.

The Photosmart B8550 photo printer can produce photos up to 13 inches by 19 inches in size, down to 4 by 6 inches. The unit also supports printing 12- by 12-inch scrapbook pages and 11- by 17-inch calendars.

It features memory card slots, a 2.4-inch color display, five individual ink cartridges and prints black text at 33 ppm and color at 31 ppm.

It will ship this month for $299.

The company also announced the G3110 photo scanner, which features a resolution of 4,800 by 9,600 dpi and 48-bit color depth, built-in photo restoration, several one-touch buttons for automatic functions and the ability to scan three-dimensional objects.

A built-in trasparency adapter lets users scan up to four 35mm film slides or five negatives. Up to three 4- by 6-inch photos can be scanned at once and saved as separate files.

It ships this month for $99.

Starting in 2009, HP will begin promoting its Creative Print projects and Windows Live Photo Gallery across its Photosmart and Deskjet line of products.