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Facebook joined the smart-speaker race on Monday with two voice-activated smart displays aimed at video calling. The smart displays, dubbed the Portal and Portal+, natively integrate with Facebook Messenger to allow users to make video calls to other Messenger users on their smartphones, tablets, or Portal devices.
The Portal costs $200 and features a 10-inch touch display, while its larger cousin, the Portal+, starts at $350 and comes with a 15.6-inch touch display, which can also be rotated from landscape to portrait orientation. Both come with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and have apps that are available to download, including Facebook Watch, Pandora, Spotify, and Food Network. The devices will start shipping in the US this November.
The Portal speakers’ focus on video calling differentiates them from other smart displays, and it could be the devices’ main draw. Here’s how:
Their cutting-edge camera functionality creates a more engaging video calling experience than on traditional smart displays. The Portal devices come with a Smart Camera, which uses AI to zoom in on …read more
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