LG to showcase pocket-sized printer for smartphones at CES

LG has unveiled its latest portable printer for tablets and smartphones, 4mm thinner than its predecessor.

The Pocket Photo 2.0 is described by LG as one of the smallest mobile photo printing devices on the market, measuring 7.2 x 12.1 x 2cm.

As well as its smaller size, LG claims the portable printer is able to deliver more prints per charge and has enhanced editing features compared to its predecessor.

The device is initially available in gold, pink and white and will be compatible with both Android and IOS smartphones and tablets, connecting wirelessly via NFC or Bluetooth.

Using LG's ZINK technology, the printer is able to produce 5.1 x 7.6 cm pictures without using ink cartridges. Instead, it uses heat to activate the colours on the paper through a process that "preserves images for longer and produces less smearing" than more conventional printing processes.

"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 new printer is currently available in China and will be on show next week in Las Vegas at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ahead of a global roll out next year.