Sharp is set to launch a pair of digital photo players that do somewhat more than the average image store: they can also print out the best of the snaps you've loaded up onto them.

According to Engadget, they will go onsale in Japan in January and will cost around £137.

In essence, the Sharp HN-PP100 and HN-PP150 are storage devices that can serve up large image files for you to show off on your high-definition television set. You can flick through your albums and tag any that particularly impress your audience, then wow them further by initiating a print.

Photos can be sent to the photo players via Bluetooth or read directly off a flash memory card. There's an HDMI (high-definition media interconnect) port to hook up to the corresponding port on your HD TV. The 150 model will be network-enabled and both models can also serve up your music collection.

A UK launch for the Sharp photo player/printer has not yet been confirmed.

Sharp Aquos HD HN-PP100 photo printers