Want to print average photos on the go? LG thinks that you do, judging by its announcement of the LG Pocket Photo 2.
The South Korean manufacturer will be showing the new gadget off at CES 2014 from January 7, but it’s decided to pre-empt the event and drum up a little interest with an official unveiling.
Coming in slightly thinner than the first LG Pocket Photo (what do you mean you’ve never heard of it?), the LG Pocket Photo 2 can nonetheless keep doing its thing for a little longer. This amounts to printing off 30 photos before its wee battery gives up the ghost.
The quality of those pictures has also been boosted, with a resolution of 600 DPI effectively doubling that of the original. Compatibility stretches to iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 – each of which gets its own app – and you can pair your phone with the Pocket Photo 2 over NFC or good old fashioned Bluetooth.
In addition to the above, Android and iPhone users get the Pocket Photo 2 app that enables them to edit their photos prior to pocket printing. It’s possible to add QR codes, text, and even Instagram-like filters prior to printing.
The truly clever part of the LG Pocket Photo 2 is that it doesn’t require costly toner to run. Rather, its use of Zink technology means that there are colour-forming chemicals embedded in each specialised strip of paper. These are then activated as appropriate using heat.
There’s no news on pricing just yet, but the LG Pocket Photo 2 will hit South Korea in mid-January – just after being flaunted at the aforementioned CES show in Las Vegas.