LG Electronics (opens in new tab) revealed on Monday that it plans to showcase its second-generation Pocket Photo "smart" mobile printer during CES 2014 next month. This latest model provides wireless connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth so that iOS and Android customers can print 2 x 3 inch images and notes from their mobile devices.
"Printed photos have a sentimental appeal that digital images are not truly able to replicate," said Byung-hoon Min, senior vice president of LG's Home Entertainment Company. "Our newest Pocket Photo embraces the emotional aspect of the printed photo while offering a level of portability and convenience that are missing from today's digital cameras."
The company boasts that its upcoming LG Pocket Photo 2.0 will be one of the smallest printing devices on the market. The printer will be 4 mm thinner than the first generation model, deliver more prints per charge, and will also print pictures at a "crystal clear" 313 dpi. To connect to the printer, users merely download the appropriate Pocket Photo app and connect wirelessly.
According to LG Electronics, the company has enhanced the Pocket Photo app's editing features, allowing users to experiment with an expanded range of customization options. For instance, there are a new set of filters and a "clever" frame augmentation feature. Users can even embed QR codes in photos.
"The Pocket Photo 2.0 uses the proven ZINK technology, eliminating the need for expensive ink cartridges, ribbons or toner. ZINK printing technology utilizes heat to activate the necessary color-forming chemistry imbedded in each sheet of paper," reads the company's announcement. "Compared to conventional printing processes, ZINK's inkless paper system preserves images for longer and produces less smearing. The Pocket Photo 2.0 can print 30 photos on a single charge."
The pocket printer is available now in China, and will be rolled out in pink, jewel white and lime yellow on a global scale sometime in 2014. Expect to see more of this printer during CES 2014 in a few weeks.