First Hands On: The Zink Bluetooth Camphone Printer

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The DEMO launch you can hold in your hand is the Zink cellphone photo printer. It uses dye embedded paper inside of a pocket-sized printer to do wallet sized prints. The competition? There isn't any.

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The printer transfers by Bluetooth, images of up to (maybe beyond, 3MP), downscales them internally, and pushes out prints via a simple roller. The 2x3-inch, 300 DPI shots look fantastic.

Pricing on paper is approximately 20 cents on a on a 2x3. The printer's battery lasts 20 prints per charge, and juices by USB. The internal paper tray will hold 10. Prints take for about a minute to finish from send (video after the jump). Prints are water resistant and durable enough for wallet duty, which is appropriate for a print of this size. Not bad for $99 bucks. It'll be out later this year, and I predict it'll sell like hot cakes.

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DISCUSSION

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rimplestultskin

when it has a USB port and supports PictBridge, it will probably have much better battery life because bluetooth is teh sux for batteries.

and at that point, i will buy it, because lately i've only been buying handhelds that come with a free USB cable, and have PictBridge support built in. and other than bluetooth's adverse effects on battery, this looks like an awesome product.