Good news for those interested in mobile printing, as LG has just announced the successor to their Pocket Photo mobile printer. It is said to be thinner than the previous model, with an improved battery life and an increased printing resolution. It is also noticeably sleeker than the original.
The printer pairs to devices using NFC/Bluetooth, and using a dedicated app users are able to edit their photos before printing by adding text, filters, and even generated QR codes (something I love). Instead of using ink, it uses a technology called “Zink” -zero ink- that instead uses heat to activate chemicals used in printing, ensuring less smearing in photos. The increased battery life promises about 30 prints per charge, which doesn’t seem too shabby.
Currently there is an Android and iOS Pocket Photo app, which works with the current model. Once the new model is launched at CES 2014, we expect updates to support the newer device. Windows Phone users can also rejoice that they will also receive support, which suggests an app should be coming soon. LG has stated that the printer is launching in Korea in mid-January, shortly after CES, and will roll out globally afterwards. Pricing has not been disclosed.