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Polaroid Hi-Print is a pocket-sized printer for your phone pictures for $99 – CNET

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Small photo printers that wirelessly connect to your phone typically use instant film, which gives you good quality prints but costs a lot, or Zink paper, which doesn’t use ink and is cheaper but the print quality is meh. The new $99 Polaroid Hi-Print stands out by using a dye-sublimation process for fast fade-proof prints. It’s also remarkably compact for this type of printer. 

The Hi-Print uses a self-contained cartridge with a color ribbon and photo paper. Send a picture from your phone over Bluetooth to the printer and it essentially does a heat transfer of the image onto the paper so it’s dry and water-resistant when it comes out. A mobile app lets you edit the photo or add text, filters, frames and more before you print.

Like most other mobile photo printers, the Hi-Print shoots out credit card-sized 2.1-by-3.4-inch prints (54 by 86 mm). They have sticker backs so you can slap them on just about anything. Prints take less than 1 minute to process and the Hi-Print’s battery life is good for up to 20 prints, Polaroid said in its announcement. 

Pricing is still somewhat high at $17 for two 10-print cartridges, which comes to about $1.17 a print. But, if the image quality is as good as the pricier instant film prints offer, this could be the better option for price and performance.

The Polaroid Hi-Print is available today direct from Polaroid and Best Buy, Target, Amazon and UrbanOutfitters.com on Sept. 10.

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